Separate trials ordered for former Oklahoma lawmakers

Trial for former state Rep. Randy Terrill is set for Oct. 21. Trial for former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich is set for Dec. 9.
by Nolan Clay Modified: June 27, 2013 at 8:45 pm •  Published: June 28, 2013
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A judge Thursday ordered separate jury trials for two former legislators in their 2010 bribery case.

The trial for former state Rep. Randy Terrill is scheduled for Oct. 21. The trial for former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Prosecutors allege Terrill, a Republican, offered Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year state job in return for not seeking re-election in 2010. Both were in the Legislature at the time.

At a hearing Thursday, Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong refused defense requests to dismiss the case.

Terrill, 43, of Moore, is charged with offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw. Leftwich, 61, of Oklahoma City, is charged with soliciting and/or accepting the bribe to withdraw. They deny wrongdoing.

Attorneys for both defendants asked for separate trials. The judge agreed, saying she didn't want either defendant to be unduly prejudiced by testimony about statements made by the other defendant.

Of particular concern to Leftwich was a statement Terrill reportedly made at a meeting at the Capitol before recommending Leftwich for a new position at the state medical examiner's office. Leftwich was not at the meeting.


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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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