State Rep. Randy Terrill and former Sen. Debbe Leftwich made their first court appearances today in a bribery case and Terrill told reporters afterward he is "100 percent innocent."
Leftwich did not make a statement but her attorney, Robert McCampbell, said they are fully confident she will be found "100 percent innocent."
"Thanks for coming to the circus today," Terrill told about 20 reporters and cameramen who surrounded him after he left the Oklahoma County courtroom.
"What we have here is actually a good old-fashioned political persecution, not a criminal prosecution, by an overzealous and hyper partisan Democrat district attorney who has charged a nonexistent crime. Make no mistake about it, I am not being targeted because of anything that I've done because I haven't done anything," Terrill said. "Rather I'm being charged because of who I am and what I believe. And that's something that every real conservative should find extremely troubling."
Leftwich went before Special Judge Russell Hall first. Terrill was next. They shook hands inside the courtroom before the judge came in.
The judge told both he had entered not guilty pleas for them. He scheduled a preliminary hearing conference on the case for March 17. Both are free on their own recognizance, which means they didn't have to post bail. No prosecutor was present.
Both turned themselves in this morning at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, where they were fingerprinted, photographed and then released.