Oklahoma state grand jury helps again in Julie Mitchell investigation

Jurors hear from business attorney of victim's husband.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: September 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm •  Published: September 22, 2011
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The state grand jury helped again Wednesday in the investigation of the brutal beating death of Julie Mitchell of Oklahoma City.

Chris Harper, an Edmond attorney, testified for about two hours Wednesday afternoon.

Harper has represented the slain woman's husband, Teddy Mitchell.

Harper's attorney, Irven Box, said Harper has helped Teddy Mitchell with business affairs. “He is not a suspect. He is just here to testify and give information,” Box said.

Julie Mitchell, 34, died Nov. 2 from multiple blunt force trauma to her head, an autopsy report shows. Oklahoma County prosecutors turned to the grand jury in March for help in the Oklahoma City police investigation.

Police have said Teddy Mitchell ran a bookmaking operation where gamblers placed bets on sporting events. Police have looked into whether that had anything to do with his wife's death.

Harper helped Julie Mitchell change her will about a month before she died, records show. She left her estate to her trust. In the will, she named her husband as her personal representative.

What Harper told the multicounty grand jury is not known. Grand jurors meet in proceedings that are closed to the public.

The grand jury later Wednesday issued seven new indictments. Those criminal charges will become public later in Oklahoma and Pittsburg counties. The indictments are not believed to be connected to Julie Mitchell's death.

Grand jurors next meet Oct. 25.


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