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Witness says Terrill put state job into legislation in Oklahoma political bribery trial

Prosecutors will wrap up their case Friday at former state Rep. Randy Terrill's political bribery trial. Terrill will testify Monday.
by Nolan Clay Published: October 25, 2013

Prosecutors Thursday put into evidence Leftwich's campaign contribution reports in an effort to prove to jurors she really was a candidate for the Senate race in 2010. Terrill's defense attorney has tried to raise questions in the trial about whether she actually could be considered a candidate because she never filed with the state Election Board.

The reports show she began raising funds for the 2010 race in 2007. She transferred $43,711 from her 2006 campaign then raised about $100,000 more before announcing she had decided to not run after all.

At least one fundraiser was held for her in 2010, according to the testimony Thursday.

She made a public announcement she was not running for re-election on May 28, 2010, the last day of the legislative session. That announcement came one day after both the state House and Senate had passed the bill creating the new job.

Jurors learned Thursday that she informed Democratic leaders in the state Senate that she was not running for re-election the first week in May 2010.

Former Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee, said he was shocked when she informed him she was leaving the Senate. He said he had spoken on her behalf at a fundraiser in 2010.

He said she did not tell him she planned to go back to work at the medical examiner's office. If she had, he said, “I would have felt betrayed.”

Jurors learned Wednesday that Leftwich did tell a Republican state senator, on April 19, 2010, that she was working on a deal with Republican legislative leaders to return to the medical examiner's office.

Terrill, 44, of Moore, is charged with a felony — offering a bribe to a candidate to withdraw. Leftwich, 62, of Oklahoma City, also is charged with a felony — soliciting and/or accepting the bribe to withdraw. Her jury trial is set to begin Dec. 9.

If convicted, each faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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