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.
Prosecutors objected to the request.
A federal grand jury in September indicted Mitchell, sons Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell, six other men and a Costa Rican company.
Teddy Mitchell is accused in the indictment of making millions of dollars by hosting illegal high-stakes poker games at his home and by illegally taking bets on sporting events. His attorney contends he is a professional gambler who acted legally.
The judge Tuesday did give Teddy Mitchell permission to attend recreational golf outings with Dryden Mitchell and Nick Mitchell. The judge also allowed them to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings together.