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

Julie Mitchell, 34, died from multiple blunt force trauma to her head, an autopsy report shows. She suffered a broken nose, a broken jaw, a shattered skull, a broken rib and 25 large cuts to her scalp.

Her body was in the master bedroom closet of her husband's $359,000 house in northwest Oklahoma City. Their 1-year-old daughter, London, was in a pool of blood next to the body. The girl was not harmed.

Daniel Mitchell's attorney, Scott Adams told reporters Tuesday, “We've cooperated fully. He answered every question. … Hopefully, we've given them some information that can help them solve this. It's a mystery to my client of who did it. He was traumatized by having to go in there and see his stepmother the way she was and pick up the little infant. He's going through a lot right now. He just wants to get this matter behind him, and hopefully, they'll make an arrest shortly.”

The first witness Tuesday was an Oklahoma City police detective, Bryn Carter. He testified for more than an hour.

The grand jury meets in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater ran out of time Tuesday before he was able to call all the witnesses who had been subpoenaed. Among those who did not get to testify were two other stepsons, Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell.

The grand jury is expected to assist in the homicide investigation again in April and the witnesses could be asked to testify then.

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