Slain Oklahoma City woman's husband wants police to return money, computers

BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: January 21, 2011 at 8:59 am •  Published: January 21, 2011

A slain woman's husband is asking a judge to order Oklahoma City police to return personal property taken during the homicide investigation.

Teddy Mitchell, 56, specifically wants back his computer, his wife's computer and cell phone, and the contents of his wife's bank safety deposit box.

His attorney, Chris Harper, told an Oklahoma County judge in a petition that the box contained “an unknown amount of cash.” The attorney said the victim, Julie Mitchell, was killed “by an unknown intruder.”

Julie Mitchell, 34, was found dead Nov. 2. Her body was in a closet of Teddy Mitchell's $359,000 house in northwest Oklahoma City. She had been beaten to death, authorities said. Her 1-year-old daughter, London, was in a pool of blood next to the body. The girl was not harmed.

The attorney told the judge Teddy Mitchell needs his computer back for business reasons. Police have said Teddy Mitchell is a sports bookie.

“It's common knowledge now that he was involved in bookmaking and things like that,” Police Chief Bill Citty told KWTV-9 in November.

The attorney said Teddy Mitchell needs the contents of the safety deposit box to prepare an inventory of Julie Mitchell's estate. The attorney said Teddy Mitchell needs her cell phone and her computer for the inventory and for business reasons.

No arrests have been made. A police captain told The Oklahoman on Tuesday “The case is very much active and moving forward.”

Teddy Mitchell was traveling to California when he learned of his wife's death, a friend of Mitchell told The Oklahoman.

Julie Mitchell signed a will Sept. 29, court records show. She bequeathed her entire estate to her own personal trust.

NewsOK.com has disabled the comments for this article.