Jury selection underway in Oklahoma political bribery trial

Former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill faces up to two years in prison if convicted in bribery trial.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm •  Published: October 21, 2013

Jury selection got underway Monday morning in the political bribery trial for former state Rep. Randy Terrill.

The trial is expected to last one to two weeks.

Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong had 60 potential jurors brought to her courtroom. Her goal is to find 12 jurors and a few alternates.

The first juror candidate excused from the trial was a man who said he already had made up his mind about the case from news accounts.

Also excused Monday morning were a pregnant woman, a Langston police officer and a woman with travel plans.

Terrill, 44, of Moore, is charged with a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw. He is expected to testify in his own defense. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Prosecutors allege Terrill, a Republican, in 2010 offered then-Sen. Debbe Leftwich, a Democrat, a new $80,000-a-year state job to not run for re-election.

Leftwich, now 62, also is charged with a felony — soliciting and/or accepting the bribe to withdraw. She is scheduled for her own jury trial in December.

The judge began the process by reading from a lengthy list of witnesses and asking 22 juror candidates if they recognized any of the names.

Most — but not all — of those 22 juror candidates said they recognized former Gov. Brad Henry's name. Henry is a prosecution witness.

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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