Oklahoma City gambler Teddy Mitchell to plead guilty

Plea scheduled for July 8 in Oklahoma City federal court. The gambling case attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell's wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Teddy Mitchell was traveling out of the state at the time.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 25, 2013

Oklahoma City gambler Teddy Mitchell has agreed to plead guilty.

His plea in his illegal gambling case is scheduled for July 8 in Oklahoma City federal court.

“Teddy admitted that he did some things that were wrong,” defense attorney Scott Adams said Tuesday. “He just wants to put this matter behind him and focus on his family and taking care of his daughter and trying to find out who murdered his wife. And that's where all of his energies are.”

U.S. District Judge David Russell will decide later how much time Mitchell must serve in prison.

“He's going to plead guilty to a gambling count … and one of the money laundering counts,” Adams said.

Mitchell, 58, was accused last year in a federal indictment of illegally making millions of dollars by hosting high-stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home and by taking bets on sporting events.

Before reaching a deal, he faced 49 counts. The jury trial was set for August.

The gambling case attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell's wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Teddy Mitchell was traveling out of the state at the time.

Her body was found in a closet where a safe was. Her unharmed daughter, London, then 1, was found beside her in a pool of blood.

Adams said again Tuesday that a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the beating death.

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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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