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Oklahoma ex-legislators' bribery trial set for Oct. 21

Former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich are set to face trial Oct. 21 in their alleged bribery case.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 20, 2013

The bribery trial for two former legislators has been scheduled for October but their defense attorneys want a judge to dismiss the case before then.

Former state Rep. Randy Terrill, 43, of Moore, is charged with offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw. Former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, 61, of Oklahoma City, is charged with soliciting and/or accepting a bribe to withdraw.

“I think it's pretty clear that they don't have a case,” Terrill's attorney, Chris Eulberg, said of prosecutors.

Terrill's attorney already has filed two legal motions asking the trial judge for a dismissal. He argues, for instance, that prosecutors have no evidence whatsoever that Terrill ever offered or gave anything to Leftwich for any reason.

Eulberg calls the prosecution paperwork explaining the charge “merely a rambling collection of vague assertions that do not rise to the level of a public offense.”

Leftwich's attorney, Robert McCampbell, plans to file his dismissal requests next week.

October date is set

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong met with a prosecutor and the defense attorneys Wednesday to schedule the trial.

The jury trial was set to begin Oct. 21.

Truong was assigned to the case Wednesday after the original trial judge, Glenn Jones, took himself off it.

Jones did so because his wife and Leftwich's attorney are law partners at the same large law firm in Oklahoma City. “I am disqualified from the case,” Jones said.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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