A large amount of cash was stolen from a safe in a closet of an upscale home in northwest Oklahoma City where a woman was found beaten to death, an attorney and friend of her husband told The Oklahoman on Thursday evening.
Julie Mitchell was found dead inside her home at 640 NW 150 on Nov. 2. Police are investigating her death as a homicide.
Attorney Larry Cassil has known Teddy Mitchell's family since he and Teddy Mitchell's mother were junior high students at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City.
Cassil said Julie Mitchell's body was found by her stepson, Daniel, with her 13-month-old daughter, London, in a pool of blood next to her body. Cassil said Daniel immediately picked up London and ran outside the home and called police.
Cassil said Julie Mitchell was found in front of a safe in a closet of their home.
â€œThere was a considerable amount of money taken,â€ Cassil said. â€œApparently Julie had opened the safe, and when they found the money in the safe, that's when they killed her.â€
Cassil said Teddy Mitchell was en route to California when he got word of his wife's death from his son, Daniel. He said he immediately chartered a plane back to Oklahoma.
There have been reports that Teddy Mitchell had been involved in bookmaking and poker games at their home. Cassil granted The Oklahoman an interview on the condition gambling not be discussed.
Cassil said media coverage has been difficult on the family and especially Teddy Mitchell. Last week an Oklahoma City TV station received an anonymous letter stating Teddy Mitchell was involved in his wife's death. Cassil said Mitchell had no involvement whatsoever, and Oklahoma City police have said they currently have no suspects in the case.
â€œI've known him long enough to tell you there's no way in the world he would hurt anyone,â€ Cassil said.
â€œHe is one of the kindest people I've ever been around. If you needed $2,000 to keep your home or get kicked out, Teddy would have the money for you. He is one of the most wonderful people in the world.â€
Cassil said he is not officially representing Teddy Mitchell at this time. Instead, Cassil said he is speaking out as Mitchell's friend.
â€œHe is not a suspect. If there is a reason to represent him, I will, but there's no reason,â€ Cassil said.
Cassil said Teddy Mitchell has provided police everything they have asked for during the course of the investigation.
â€œHe hasn't withheld anything,â€ Cassil said. â€œHe has given them his computer, his cell phone, anything they have asked for, and he will continue to help them every way he can.â€
Cassil said he attended Julie Mitchell's funeral Wednesday at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond.
â€œThe service was beautiful,â€ Cassil said.
â€œTeddy and many of his relatives spoke. Everyone spoke beautiful things about Julie. How Teddy got up and spoke, I don't know. He loved her so much, and their daughter means so much to him.â€