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Oklahoma grand jury inquiry ends in deferred deal for Jim Bob Miller

SONYA COLBERG Published: September 4, 2009
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he violates the agreement, the state can pursue the allegations. Miller also must keep his office out of any investigations in which he or his staff are the alleged victims.

He said the biggest reason for his decision is because of the toll on his family and friends.

"In the last few months, the threats to my family and vandalism of my property have caused me great concern for my family’s safety,” Miller said.

Miller was criticized over the child rape plea agreement in May for David Harold Earls that ended up with Earls’ being given a one-year jail sentence and 19 years of probation.

Earls may end up back in the courtroom because a Pittsburg County grand jury this week issued a three-count indictment alleging Earls touched two children in a "lewd and lascivious manner.”

Miller said thousands of dollars were spent on the county grand jury "to indict David Earls on charges that we already knew existed but had no physical evidence or corroboration by any witness.”

Edmondson said a handful of district attorneys have ended up before the grand jury over the years.

"It’s always painful to do that,” Edmondson said.

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