Oklahoma City gambler Teddy Mitchell to plead guilty

Plea scheduled for July 8 in Oklahoma City federal court. The gambling case attracted widespread public attention because Mitchell's wife, Julie, 34, was brutally beaten to death in their home in November 2010. Teddy Mitchell was traveling out of the state at the time.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 25, 2013

In exchange for his guilty plea, Mitchell will be able to keep some of his real estate and will get back some of his already seized assets. The federal government in 2011 began civil forfeiture proceedings against about two dozen properties owned by Mitchell, his sons, a trust or their limited liability corporations.

“He's going to be able to retrieve some houses and, most importantly, some property for his daughter that he had in trust that they had seized and some money,” Adams said. “She won't have to worry about her future in the long run, which is all Teddy really cares about.”

Others indicted

Eight others were indicted last September, along with Teddy Mitchell.

Also agreeing to plead guilty is son Dryden R. Mitchell, 32, of Oklahoma City.

Defense attorney Billy Bock said Dryden Mitchell will plead guilty to one gambling count and one money laundering count. Dryden Mitchell had faced 31 counts before reaching a deal with prosecutors.

“He's getting back some assets, also. He's in a very good position, legally and factually,” Bock said. “He's working. He's got a great job. We look forward to going before the judge and presenting everything to the judge and let him make a decision on what Dryden's future is going to be.”

Two admitted bookies already have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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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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