The jury in a political bribery trial will begin deliberations Tuesday after hearing from a final witness — the defendant, former state Rep. Randy Terrill.
“I'm glad that the truth is finally coming up,” Terrill told news reporters Monday. “I look forward to the opportunity to tell my story to the jury.”
Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong told jurors to expect to stay Tuesday until they reach a verdict.
Terrill is set to testify when jurors return at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will make their closing arguments after he finishes.
Then, the jury will begin deliberating.
Jurors heard from seven defense witnesses Monday.
Terrill, a Republican, is accused of offering then-Sen. Debbe Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year 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.
Prosecutors said he acted in part to help state Rep. Mike Christian, his friend. Christian, R-Oklahoma City, had planned in 2010 to run for her seat but ran for re-election to his House seat instead.
In 2010, Terrill was chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee that oversaw the medical examiner's office.
Terrill had the language creating the new position — a transition coordinator — inserted into a reform bill nine days before the legislative session ended, according to testimony.
Prosecutors allege Terrill was trying to take advantage of the chaotic nature of a legislative session's end to slip the provision creating the new job past his fellow lawmakers.
The first defense witness, former Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, said he was not involved in any scheme to get Leftwich a job.
Coffee, the reform bill's author, said he never heard Terrill bribe her.
Coffee, a Republican, said Leftwich told him in March 2010 she was considering not running for re-election.
“Was there anything secret about this transition coordinator language that you're aware of?” Terrill's attorney, Chris Eulberg, asked.
“No, sir,” Coffee replied.
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.