The Norman Transcript

October 23, 2013

Testimony continues in former Rep. Terrill's bribery trial

Moore Republican accused of pressuring state to hire senator

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —  A former Oklahoma legislator accused of offering a bribe to a Senate colleague in exchange for her not seeking re-election is scheduled to resume in Oklahoma County.

Moore Republican Rep. Randy Terrill is charged with offering to set up former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich with an $80,000-a-year job at the state medical examiner’s office in exchange for Leftwich’s promise to withdraw as a candidate for re-election in 2010. Prosecutors allege Terrill masterminded the scheme so that a Republican colleague of Terrill’s could seek Leftwich’s seat in south Oklahoma City. Both Terrill and Leftwich maintain their innocence.

Testimony in the case is expected to continue on Wednesday. Several notable Oklahoma politicians are expected to testify in the trial, including former Gov. Brad Henry.