State of Oklahoma v. Jamie Nichole Chambers

Court:Tulsa County District Court
Case No:CF-98-1111
Plaintiff:State of Oklahoma
Defendent:Jamie Nicole Chambers

On August 22, 1997, Jamie Chambers was charge with First Degree Murder during the commission of a Felony, for the March 4, 1996 shooting of Michelle Hendrix by Steven White. Jamie reported her involvement with the crime two days after the event and fully cooperated with the authorities during their investigation. It was her testimony that directly led to the identification and arrest of the shooter, Steven White. The authorities initially labeled her as an innocent bystander to the crime, but after almost eighteen months of public pressure against the District Attorney’s office, murder charges were eventually filed. The charges against Ms. Chambers were later reduced to Accessory to First Degree Murder. Because Ms. Chambers was 17-years old at the time of the alleged offense, she was first certified in the juvenile court of Tulsa County to stand trial to the charge as an adult. On April 5, 1998, Ms. Chambers pled pursuant to North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970), meaning that she maintained her innocence, but would accept a court imposed sentence. The court of Tulsa County sentenced Ms. Chambers to fifteen years incarceration. Ms. Chambers was later allowed to withdraw her plea after it was uncovered that the sentencing judge had an undisclosed conflict of interest. Ms. Chambers’ case was tried to a jury in April of 2000. The defense successfully argued that Ms. Chambers lacked the specific mens rea to commit the offense.