Woman waiting for preliminary exam in two Niles’ deaths

Published 9:09 am Saturday, December 10, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - Amanda Theresa Christenson, 25, of Granger, Ind., was to appear in court Friday for a preliminary examination of her case, but no deal was reached in her case.
Christenson was charged after rear ending a vehicle at the corner of South 11th Street and Ontario Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, an accident in which two Niles' resident died.
Rhoa said the prosecution is ready to proceed with the preliminary exam at this time.
Christenson was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a vehicle, while intoxicated, causing death, after she struck the Suzuki SUV of Donna Christine Lutin, 52, of Niles and her passenger Michael Firmer King, 52, also of Niles, both of whom died.
Lutin's vehicle was then thrown into a pick-up truck driven by Mark Wayne, 51 of Niles and ended up hitting a building at the northwest corner of the intersection, according to a report issued by the Michigan State Police Niles Post. Wayne was treated for injuries and released.
Burch said he was allegedly told by the prosecution that there will be no plea bargain offered to his client, which leaves open the possibility of a sentencing agreement.
Burch then compared the two sides of the case. He described the statue of justice which is balancing scales.