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Oklahoma City police inspector under investigation for alleged information leaks

A longtime Oklahoma City police officer, Sgt. Phil A. Williams, has been placed on administrative leave. Police internal affairs officers are investigating accusations he leaked information to defense attorneys.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Published: April 22, 2012
© Copyright 2012, The Oklahoman

A veteran Oklahoma City police inspector has come under investigation because of accusations he leaked information about the Julie Mitchell homicide case and other cases to defense attorneys, The Oklahoman learned.

Sgt. Phil A. Williams, 51, was placed on administrative leave, with pay, on Jan. 30. He denies wrongdoing. He has been an Oklahoma City police officer 18 years.

Williams acknowledged he is frustrated, that he has not been told why he is being investigated and that he has not even been interviewed yet. “All I know is the rumors,” he said.

He makes $37.60 per hour, records show.

Police Chief Bill Citty confirmed that internal affairs officers are investigating allegations a police officer provided information to outside sources that could have jeopardized investigations.

“We are looking at information that could rise to the level of criminal misconduct,” Citty said.

The chief did not identify the officer by name, but he was responding to questions from The Oklahoman about Williams.

Williams is being represented by and is a longtime friend of prominent Oklahoma City defense attorney Scott Adams.

Adams told The Oklahoman that internal affairs investigators went to the jail to interview one of his clients. He said the investigators wanted to know whether that client had any advance warning of a search.

He said the client told the investigators “that I've never given him any inside information, ever.”

Adams angrily complained in a profanity-laced interview about the gossip surrounding the investigation of Williams.

“I can tell you right now, Phil has never given me anything on any case — ever,” Adams told The Oklahoman. “I've known him for 20 ... years. I'm sick of it because I've spent the last 23 years guarding my reputation with the utmost integrity. And, then, simply because I win cases and am successful, somehow they think we have to cheat to do it that way and it offends me.”

He also said, “You've got to understand as a lawyer all I have is my reputation — my reputation with judges, with prosecutors, and police officers, with people in the general public.”

The attorney called Williams ethical and honorable.

The attorney also said he would not want inside police information about clients before they're arrested.

“I mean how ludicrous is that to think that I'm going to go keep them from being arrested so they don't have to pay me anything. It's retarded. I don't make money if they don't charge them,” he said.

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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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by Robby Trammell
Assistant Managing Editor
Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for...
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