Checkbook links Edmond man to Oklahoma City homicide scene

Michael Wayne Thomas, an Edmond insurance agent who has been the focus of an Oklahoma City police homicide investigation, denies involvement in the November 2010 beating death of Julie Mitchell. Thomas' company checkbook was found at the victim's home.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Published: May 27, 2012
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“They're trying to do their job and they're trying to solve a crime. I respect everybody's position in that,” Thomas said.

Thomas' attorney, Ed Blau, said last week, “As we stated previously, we're not going to comment because it's an ongoing investigation.”

Julie Mitchell's body was found in the closet of the master bedroom of the house, valued at the time at $359,000.

About $30,000 was missing from a safe in that closet, Teddy Mitchell's attorneys have said.

Julie Mitchell was 34. The Mitchells' daughter, then 1, was found unharmed in a pool of blood next to the body.

Teddy Mitchell was traveling by plane out of state at the time of his wife's attack, his attorneys have said.

The Oklahoman first learned in April that a clue linked Thomas to the crime scene.

“Before or during her murder, he was there,” Teddy Mitchell's attorney, Scott Adams, said in April. “I'm totally 100 percent convinced of that. Some things ... were left at the house ... . There's something that wasn't there when Teddy left.”

The attorney refused in April to reveal what the evidence was.

Adams declined to comment further last week. He said he did not want to jeopardize the investigation. “It's too sensitive,” Adams said.

After his wife's death, Teddy Mitchell sued Thomas over an alleged $20,000 debt. The Oklahoma County lawsuit claims Thomas asked to borrow the money in November 2010 and was supposed to have paid the money back within weeks.

Thomas has denied he owes the money.

Alleged debt

Thomas filed a bankruptcy petition last November, listing almost $330,000 in liabilities. He asked a bankruptcy judge to allow him to make monthly payments over five years to take care of his debts.

He also wanted the judge to rule he didn't owe Teddy Mitchell.

The bankruptcy judge in April rejected his payment plan and dismissed the bankruptcy case.

The lawsuit against Thomas over the alleged $20,000 debt is still pending.

Thomas last year refused to testify before the state grand jury. His attorney at the time said then that Thomas did not want to incriminate himself in any of Teddy Mitchell's gambling activities.

Thomas' ex-wife, Shannon Elder, of Edmond, has said Thomas regularly went to Teddy Mitchell's house to play poker.

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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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by Robby Trammell
Assistant Managing Editor
Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for...
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