Oklahoma grand jury hears testimony in Julie Mitchell homicide

Teddy Mitchell, the slain woman's husband, testified for almost three hours in Oklahoma City. The stepson, Daniel Mitchell, testified for almost two hours.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: March 29, 2011 at 9:16 pm •  Published: March 29, 2011

The state's multicounty grand jury Tuesday heard testimony from the husband and a stepson of Julie Mitchell, who was brutally beaten to death in her upscale Oklahoma City home in November.

The husband, Teddy Mitchell, testified for almost three hours. The stepson, Daniel Mitchell, testified for almost two hours.

“He's done what he's always done. He helped and cooperated,” said Teddy Mitchell's attorney, Bob Jackson. “It's difficult for Teddy because of having to go back and remember all that. Yeah, that part was rough.”

Police have not identified any suspects. The grand jury hears testimony in private, closed sessions so what was asked of the witnesses is not known. Witnesses are not allowed to discuss what they told the grand jury.

Prosecutors turned to the grand jury for help in the investigation because some people have refused to talk with police detectives.

Police have had witness problems because Teddy Mitchell, 56, is suspected of involvement in illegal gambling, and some people don't want to implicate themselves in those activities, sources have told The Oklahoman.

“It's common knowledge now that he was involved in bookmaking and things like that,” Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty told KWTV-9 in November.

About the case

Daniel Mitchell found his stepmother's body late Nov. 2, his attorney said. Teddy Mitchell was traveling to California when he learned of his wife's death, friends have said.

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