Mother of missing woman found dead in Yamhill County pleads guilty to DUII

Photo of Jennifer Weathers after her court appearance on Wednesday, October 3 - KATU image.jpg

The mother of 27-year-old Meighan Cordie, who was found dead along a rural Yamhill County road in late August, is taking a plea deal. According to the county's district attorney, Cordie died after jumping or falling from the back seat of Jennifer Weathers' SUV.

The incident happened after the pair left a wedding outside Salem with Cordie’s young daughter several days earlier. Cordie was reported as missing, and authorities worked with volunteers to scour the area around the wedding venue.

Weathers wasn't charged in Cordie's death, however, she was facing other charges for the incident.

On Thursday, Weathers’ lawyer announced she will plead guilty to a separate count of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

In exchange, prosecutors will drop one count of reckless endangerment.

“My client has always wanted to do the right thing and plead guilty to the DUII - it was the other charge that was the problem. The recklessly endangering. Because she was not guilty of that,” said Walter Todd, the attorney for Weathers.

Todd says his client is devastated by her daughter's death.

Prosecutors believe the two were arguing on their way home from the wedding when Cordie died.

Cordie's three-year-old daughter was also in the back seat at the time.

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