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Slain Oklahoma City woman's husband faces FBI inquiry; grand jury helps again

The FBI has begun a probe into illegal gambling accusations surrounding an Oklahoma City man whose wife was brutally beaten to death, The Oklahoman has learned. A state multicounty grand jury, meanwhile, helped again Wednesday in the separate investigation into Julie Mitchell's death.
BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: April 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm •  Published: April 20, 2011
/articleid/3560427/1/pictures/1398726">Photo - Insurance agent Michael Thomas refused Wednesday to answer questions before grand jury that could incriminate him. <strong>PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND</strong>
Insurance agent Michael Thomas refused Wednesday to answer questions before grand jury that could incriminate him. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

Attorney Irven Box told The Oklahoman the FBI agent and IRS investigator came Monday to the law office of Chris Harper, another friend of Teddy Mitchell.

Box said the two wanted to talk about gambling, but Harper did not answer their questions because of attorney-client privilege and other grounds.

Harper is representing Teddy Mitchell is some legal matters.

The grand jury also wants to hear from Harper. Box and Harper waited Wednesday for hours to testify before being told to return May 25.

Previous testimony

The grand jury in March heard testimony from a third stepson, Daniel Mitchell. He found his stepmother's body late Nov. 2 inside his father's home.

The grand jury in March also heard testimony from Teddy Mitchell. Teddy Mitchell was traveling to California when he learned of his wife's death, friends have said.

Julie Mitchell, 34, died from multiple blunt force trauma to her head, an autopsy report shows.

Her body was in the master bedroom closet of her husband's $359,000 house in northwest Oklahoma City. Her 1-year-old daughter, London, was in a pool of blood next to the body. The girl was not harmed.

About $30,000 was missing from a closet safe, according to Bobby Jackson, the attorney who represented Teddy Mitchell at the grand jury.

Police have described Teddy Mitchell, 56, as a suspected sports bookie. “It's common knowledge now that he was involved in bookmaking and things like that,” Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty told KWTV-9 in November.

Spokesmen for the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI on Wednesday said they could not confirm nor deny that there is a gambling investigation under way. has disabled the comments for this article.


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