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Attorney provides new details in Oklahoma City woman's death

Attorney Larry Cassil said a considerable amount of cash was taken from the safe in the closet where Julie Mitchell was found dead Nov. 2 in her Oklahoma City home.
BY MATT PATTERSON Modified: November 12, 2010 at 5:36 am •  Published: November 12, 2010

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.

“There was a considerable amount of money taken,” Cassil said. “Apparently Julie had opened the safe, and when they found the money in the safe, that's when they killed her.”

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.

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