Prosecutors allege Terrill, a Republican, offered Leftwich, a Democrat, an $80,000-a-year state job to not run for re-election in 2010. They allege Terrill acted to help a Republican friend’s campaign for Leftwich’s Senate seat.
Leftwich did not seek re-election, but she did not get the state job either. Brad Henry, then governor, vetoed a reform bill creating the job after an investigation was announced.
Both Terrill and Leftwich deny wrongdoing.
Terrill’s friend, Rep. Mike Christian, chose to run for re-election to the House in 2010 instead of for the Senate after prosecutors began investigating. Christian was unopposed when he ran for re-election again this year.
Christian was never charged.
Terrill ran for Cleveland County commissioner this year but lost. He said in August he has been doing consulting work on political campaigns.
Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said Thursday he does not expect the delay will hurt the prosecution.
“I tried a murder case just last year where the crime was five years old,” Rowland told reporters. “We retry cases sometimes where the crime is eight, 10, 15 years old.”