The man charged in connection with the deaths of two little girls was ordered to stand trial Tuesday by a Douglas County Court judge.
Christopher Phelps, 35, is charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide in connection with an Oct. 10 car crash that killed his girlfriend's oldest daughters: 5-year-old Mela Skye Torry and 4-year-old Laela Torry-Tooley.
A Douglas County sheriff's deputy testified that following the 12:15 a.m. crash near 87th and Quest Streets, Phelps' blood-alcohol level was .161 – double the legal limit of .08.
Deputy Andy Kubik said he could smell alcohol as Phelps talked to him at the crash scene. Phelps said he had been drinking all day and admitted to being the driver, Kubik recounted.
Phelps also said “that he knew he would go to prison for a long time, but he didn't mean to hurt the children,” Kubik testified.
Authorities said the sisters, neither of whom were restrained in their seats, were ejected and crushed under the vehicle. Their younger sister, Bri'Elle Torry, escaped injury.
The girls' mother, Chanelle Torry, 28, was hospitalized with fractured ribs and broken back bones.
Phelps is being held on $500,000 bail.
Torry told police she and Phelps were arguing at his house on Quest Street when she asked him to take her and the girls to their home.
She said she placed the girls in the SUV and had buckled up the youngest. But she didn't have time to put seat belts on the still-sleeping Mela Skye and Laela before Phelps began pulling out of his driveway, she said.
Torry said she got in the vehicle and asked Phelps to slow down and give her a chance to buckle up the other girls.
Douglas County sheriff's deputies said Phelps sped off, lost control of the vehicle less than a block away and flipped it into a ravine.
Phelps was a staff sergeant in the Air Force and remains an active reservist.
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