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Jury to begin deliberations in Oklahoma political bribery trial

Former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill will testify in his own defense Tuesday morning in Oklahoma County District Court.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm •  Published: October 28, 2013
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“No, sir,” Coffee replied.

Other testimony

Another defense witness, Mike Copeland, also testified the transition coordinator position was not a secret at the Capitol.

Copeland, a criminal justice professor at East Central University, in 2010 was helping his longtime friend, Christian, run for the Senate.

Copeland told jurors that Tom Jordan, then the chief administrative officer at the medical examiner's office, asked legislators for a transition coordinator during a hearing on April 26, 2010. He described the room at the Capitol as “packed” with state representatives, senators and news reporters.

Leftwich's political consultant, Pat Hall, testified she decided not to run for re-election in 2010 because she was tired.

He said she felt like she had accomplished the goals she had when she succeeded her husband and felt it was time to move on.

Leftwich in 2003 won a special election to complete her husband's term after he died of cancer.

She was re-elected in 2006 without opposition.

Hall told jurors he was present for a discussion between Terrill and Leftwich about the medical examiner's office legislation in May 2010 at a Moore restaurant.

He said there was no talk of any shady deals at the meeting.

Leftwich announced on May 28, 2010, the last day of the legislative session, that she would not run for re-election.

The reform bill creating the new job was vetoed June 6, 2010.

Prosecutors rested their case Monday morning without calling any additional witnesses.

They called 20 witnesses over four days last week.

Terrill, 44, of Moore, is charged with a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw.

Leftwich, 62, of Oklahoma City, also is charged with a felony — soliciting and/or accepting the bribe to withdraw.

Her jury trial is set to begin Dec. 9.

She did not testify at Terrill's trial.

If convicted, each faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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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