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FBI says Teddy Mitchell involved wife in illegal poker games

by Nolan Clay Published: November 26, 2012

The FBI claims Teddy Mitchell involved his wife in the illegal poker games at their Oklahoma City home before she was beaten to death in 2010.

Teddy Mitchell, 58, is accused in a federal indictment of making millions of dollars by hosting illegal high-stakes poker games at his home and by illegally taking bets on sporting events.

He has pleaded not guilty.

His wife, Julie Mitchell, 34, was killed at their home Nov. 2, 2010, while he was traveling out of state. Police have not arrested anyone in her death.

New details about the FBI investigation of Teddy Mitchell are in an 84-page court affidavit unsealed last week.

Mitchell's “illegal gambling business ... has been in continuous operation from at least 1990 to November 2010,” FBI Special Agent Francis J. Bowles Jr. reported in the affidavit. “Mitchell operated this illegal gambling business with the assistance of his wife Julie Bryant Mitchell, (his) sons Dryden Ryley Mitchell and Nick Mitchell ... and others.”

The agent reported more than 10 reliable witnesses provided statements that Julie Mitchell, Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell “participated directly in the illegal gambling business by taking bets, dealing at poker games and/or keeping books and records of the illegal gambling activity.”

One cooperating witness identified Julie Mitchell as a card dealer at the poker games, according to the court affidavit.

“Mitchell's driveway and yard was full of vehicles used by gamblers involved in the poker games,” the FBI agent wrote.

“The poker games were held every Tuesday, from about 6:30 p.m. to about 2 a.m., and every Thursday from about 1 p.m. to late evening or early the next morning, in the pool house located in Mitchell's backyard. ... Catered food was usually provided by Mitchell for the card players.”

Pots at the high-stakes table got as high as $25,000 per hand, according to the affidavit.

A federal grand jury in September indicted Teddy Mitchell, sons Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell, six other men and a Costa Rican company.

Teddy Mitchell contends he is a professional gambler who acted legally. He and Julie Mitchell married in April 2005.

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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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