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Oklahoma judge refuses to let Teddy Mitchell travel to Mexico to spread wife's ashes

Teddy Mitchell faces trial in August in an illegal gambling case. Police still are investigating the brutal beating death of his wife, Julie Mitchell, in their Oklahoma City home.
by Nolan Clay Published: March 13, 2013

A judge Tuesday refused to let Teddy Mitchell travel to a Mexican resort to spread his slain wife's ashes.

U.S. District Judge David Russell denied the request without explanation.

Mitchell, 58, is awaiting trial in an illegal gambling case filed in Oklahoma City federal court.

His wife, Julie Mitchell, 34, was killed at their Oklahoma City home on Nov. 2, 2010, while he was traveling out of state. Police have not arrested anyone in her beating death.

“I knew it was a long shot for the judge to allow him to leave the country, and I respect his decision,” defense attorney Scott Adams said. “He'll just wait until after the trial and, hopefully, he will be able to dispose of them then.”

Mitchell wanted to fly to Cabo San Lucas on April 22 to spread his wife's ashes. His attorney told the judge Mitchell would return April 24 and “be accompanied at all times by his father-in-law.”

The Mitchells were married in April 2005.

“According to Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Mitchell's father-in-law, Mr. Harvey Bryant, it was Mrs. Mitchell's wishes that her ashes be spread in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, upon her death,” the defense attorney told the judge.

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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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