An Oklahoma City restaurant owner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three perjury counts involving his grand jury testimony about a 2006 victory party for Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
The state's multicounty grand jury indicted Wade Mock Starr, 41, last week. An Oklahoma County judge unsealed the felony indictment Wednesday and read it to Starr.
Starr did not talk to the media as he and his attorney, Gary Wood, hurried from the courtroom afterward. He is free on $6,000 bail.
Starr was identified in the indictment as a part-owner of Deep Fork Grill and Cafe Nova.
The grand jury spent months investigating accusations about Prater. The investigation centered on a celebration held for Prater at Cafe Nova on Nov. 20, 2006, about two weeks after he was elected district attorney. A group of attorneys sponsored the party, paying $10,000 total.
In a report last week, grand jurors concluded the accusations against Prater were “unfair, untrue and unjust.”
The grand jury also concluded Starr signed a false affidavit last year about who paid for the Cafe Nova party and that he was the source of a bogus invoice that supported the false affidavit.
In the April 6, 2011, affidavit, Starr claimed attorney Lewis B. Moon paid for the entire party on Nov. 20, 2006, at Prater's request. Starr also claimed the bill was approximately $12,700. Starr admitted to the grand jury that the affidavit wasn't true and he said signing it was “a really stupid decision.”
In the indictment, grand jurors alleged Starr lied twice to the grand jury during his testimony May 16. They alleged he lied about who gave him the affidavit last year to sign and that he lied about having another party for Prater.
Starr testified a criminal defense attorney, Joe Brett Reynolds, brought him the document. Grand jurors said that was false, that a “runner” — a part-time employee from Reynolds' law office — actually brought Starr the document.
Starr also testified that Moon had made the arrangements for a different party for Prater, a watch party on election night, Nov. 7, 2006, at Deep Fork Grill. Grand jurors said that testimony also was false — that Moon did not arrange, hold or pay for a party at Deep Fork Grill on Nov. 7, 2006. Prater told the grand jury his watch party that night was at a downtown Oklahoma City hotel.