Oklahoma ex-legislators' bribery trial set for Oct. 21

Former Oklahoma state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich are set to face trial Oct. 21 in their alleged bribery case.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 20, 2013

Prosecutors allege Terrill, a Republican, offered Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year state job to not run for re-election in 2010.

Prosecutors contend Terrill was trying to help a Republican friend who was planning to run for her Senate seat.

Leftwich did not seek re-election, and did not get the state job. After the district attorney announced an investigation was under way, then-Gov. Brad Henry vetoed a reform bill creating the job at the medical examiner's office.

Terrill is no longer in the Legislature. Last year, he lost his election bid to become a Cleveland County commissioner.

Both deny wrongdoing. The maximum punishment for a conviction in the felony case is two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Both likely to seek separate trials

The two now are scheduled to be tried together before the same jury. Terrill is asking for a separate trial. Leftwich is expected to make the same request.

The case has been delayed because prosecutors sought unsuccessfully to add a conspiracy count. A preliminary hearing judge ruled in 2011 that there was insufficient evidence for a conspiracy count. An appeals court last month upheld the ruling.

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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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