The Norman Transcript

August 7, 2013

Jury trial reset again

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A jury trial for former University of Oklahoma professor Dwain Pellebon has been reset again in Cleveland County District Court.

District Judge Tracy Schumacher’s bailiff said a pretrial motion has been set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4, and jury selection for the trial will begin Oct. 21. The jury trial was scheduled for Monday before it was reset during a motion hearing stricken last week.

Court records show that a pretrial motion hearing and jury trial setting for Pellebon was moved back earlier this year due to other jury trials going on in the courtroom of District Judge Tracy Schumacher, who is the presiding judge on the case.

Pellebon, 56, who was charged in December 2011, currently faces 10 charges: three counts of child sexual abuse and seven of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under 16. Original charges were amended during a June 22 preliminary hearing last year.

Six female witnesses from ages 9 to 21 testified against Pellebon during the hearing. When he was formally arraigned in district court in July last year, Pellebon pleaded not guilty.

Fast forward eight months to March, and a long list of people were subpoenaed for the trial, including seven victims and a coworker, Donald Baker, who is the academic director at OU’s School of Social Work.

Pellebon was a social work professor at the university. He resigned from his position in December 2011, shortly after he was charged with the felonies.

Several police officers and child care workers also were subpoenaed for the trial.