OKLAHOMA CITY —
“It appears that it is not,” Elliott said. Following the hearing, First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said prosecutors had made “a very fair offer” to Gerhart but provided no specifics.
Gerhart’s motion also says he would file a written waiver of his right to a speedy trial, but no waiver was prepared or signed by Gerhart prior to Friday’s hearing. Instead, Gerhart testified that he was willing to waive his speedy trial rights when Elliott questioned him under oath during the hearing.
Elliott said he expects trials to begin on the day they are set in his court and recalled that in the past serious murder cases involving possible death penalties would go to trial within nine months of when the defendant was charged.
“You can’t even get a preliminary hearing today within nine months,” the judge said. “What has changed?”
A former prosecutor, Elliott served as director of the criminal division of the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office before he was elected to the bench and said no one was better prepared to go to trial on a case than him.
“I expect other lawyers to be just as prepared as I was,” Elliott said.
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