The father of northwest Oklahoma City homicide victim Julie Mitchell made an impassioned plea for the public's help in solving his daughter's slaying Thursday after spending the day testifying before a state grand jury investigating her death.
“There's a killer out there and we need to find him,” said Harvey Bryant, Mitchell's father. “If anybody has any information, I plead with them to come forth and help us. There is a $50,000 reward and we'd like to get to the bottom of it.”
Bryant described his 34-year-old daughter as a great athlete who was adventurous, loved her family and was full of life.
Daniel Mitchell found his stepmother dead Nov. 2 in the master bedroom closet of his father's $359,000 northwest Oklahoma City home.
She was the victim of multiple blunt force trauma to her head, the medical examiner said. Julie Mitchell's daughter, London, was found in a pool of blood next to the body. The girl, who was 13 months old at the time, was not harmed.
About $30,000 was missing from a closet safe, the attorney for Teddy Mitchell, the victim's husband, has previously stated.
“Somebody out there knows something,” Bryant said. “I wish they would come forward.”
Husband a gambler
Teddy Mitchell was traveling in California when he learned of his wife's death.
Police have said Teddy Mitchell ran a bookmaking operation where gamblers placed bets on sporting events. His attorney, Scott Adams, has described his client as a professional gambler, but said Teddy Mitchell denies being a bookie.
The FBI, Internal Revenue Service and a federal grand jury have been investigating Teddy Mitchell's gambling activities, while the state multicounty grand jury has been investigating his wife's homicide.
Attorney Chris Harper, a friend of Teddy Mitchell who has represented him in some legal matters, was scheduled to testify before the state grand jury Thursday, but his testimony was postponed until Sept. 23, according to his attorney, Irven Box. Box has previously stated that an FBI agent and IRS investigator attempted to question Harper about gambling in April, but Harper chose not to answer the questions because of attorney-client privilege and other grounds.
Bryant, meanwhile, said he just wants his daughter's killer brought to justice.
“Every day ticks by, another day, another day and now it's going on 10 months,” he said. “If anybody has any information, I hope they come forth.
“Every day is a bad day without Julie,” he said.