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Judge sends jurors in political bribery trial home early Friday

After learning that the Oklahoma Senate had not released certain records Friday, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong sent home jurors in former state Rep. Randy Terrill's trial.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 26, 2013 at 1:09 am •  Published: October 26, 2013

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.

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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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