The judge in a political bribery trial sent jurors home early Friday afternoon after she learned the state Senate had not turned over emails sought by prosecutors.
Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong let jurors leave about three hours early.
The state Senate later Friday turned over three boxes of records after the judge ordered the information released.
The email issue was the first disruption in the trial for former state Rep. Randy Terrill. Jurors were told to return at 9 a.m. Monday.
The issue arose after prosecutors put on their final planned witness Friday.
Terrill's attorney, Chris Eulberg, asked for the delay, saying he needed to review the emails himself before calling the first defense witness.
Terrill, a Republican, is accused of offering then-Sen. Debbe Leftwich, a Democrat, a newly created state job at the medical examiner's office in 2010. Prosecutors allege he bribed her so she would not run for re-election in 2010.
At the time, Terrill was chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee that oversaw the medical examiner's office.
Leftwich announced May 28, 2010, the last day of the legislative session, that she would not run for re-election. The bill creating the new job was vetoed on June 6, 2010. The position — a transition coordinator — would have lasted three years and paid $80,000 a year.
The final prosecution witness, a benefits administrator for the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, told jurors Friday that Leftwich makes $1,920 a month in state retirement.
She would have made 87.5 percent more — $3,600 a month — if she had held an $80,000 a year state job for three more years, the witness, Rebecca Catlett, said.
Terrill, 44, of Moore, is charged with a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw. He denies wrongdoing.
Leftwich, 62, of Oklahoma City, also is charged with a felony — soliciting and/or accepting the bribe to withdraw. Her jury trial is scheduled for December.
On the email issue, prosecutors said they were told in 2010 that the state Senate did not find any related to the case.
Prosecutors checked again before trial after Terrill's attorney asked for the results of the 2010 search. Prosecutors told the judge Friday they now have been told emails do exist.
The prosecutors said a Senate attorney was insisting on reviewing the emails and turning over only ones that attorney deems appropriate.
“It's been quite frustrating,” Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Harmon said.
Also Friday, the judge admonished Terrill because of prosecution complaints the defendant was “parading” his two young children in front of jurors at the courthouse.
Terrill promised not to bring the children to the courthouse again. “It was my son's birthday,” he said.