Widow will face 'bath salts' suspect accused in crash that killed husband, unborn child


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 12:17 PM

HOUSTON -- For Monchelle Garley, time has yet to heal a broken a heart, or sooth the pain from a day she can never forget.

“That’s nothing anyone should go through,” said Garley. “There’s no particular word that you can say to make me feel better.”

Garley is haunted by a violent accident captured on surveillance video that shows the moment last April when a speeding pickup truck slammed into her car while her husband was pumping air in a tire. Charles Garley died instantly. Monchelle also lost her unborn child.

“My life has been completely altered," said Monchelle. "I will never be the same.”

Authorities arrested 19-year-old Graye Coody. He’ll face a judge Tuesday and plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter for being under the influence of bath salts. It is a precedent setting case in Harris County that prosecutors have never seen before.

“It’s a substance or a chemical that we don’t know how it reacts in the system,” said attorney Janna Oswald. “We don’t know a lot about it because it’s a new drug.”

Investigators say on that day, Coody lost it behind the wheel. His two passengers tried but couldn’t control him. In the courtroom, Monchelle will face Coody for the first time.

“I can’t tell you how it will feel," said Monchelle. "This is a road I haven’t travelled before.”

She’s not sure what she’ll say but knows what she hopes others learn.

“It’s not worth it in the end. Really, is a 10 or 15 minute high worth taking someone’s life? Is it worth the possibility of going to jail," said Monchelle.

Coody has been locked up since September. He’s expected to be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. His father told KHOU 11 News how sorry the family is for everything that’s happened.