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October 20, 2013

Trial set for ex-lawmaker

OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Oklahoma lawmaker accused of bribery is scheduled to go to trial Monday, almost three years after the felony charge was filed by an Oklahoma County prosecutor.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, is charged with offering to set up former Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, with a state job in exchange for her promising not to seek re-election.

Terrill was still a member of the Legislature when District Attorney David Prater filed bribery charges against him and Leftwich in December 2010.

Leftwich is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 9.

Both have pleaded not guilty and face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted.

Prosecutors have alleged Terrill and Leftwich schemed to set Leftwich up in an $80,000-a-year job at the state Medical Examiner’s Office so a Republican colleague of Terrill’s, current Rep. Mike Christian of Oklahoma City, could run for her open seat in 2010.

Christian launched a campaign for the seat but pulled out when the investigation was announced. He was not charged and was re-elected to his House seat.

Christian testified at the preliminary hearing where Terrill and Leftwich were ordered to trial on the bribery charge and is expected to testify during Terrill’s trial.

Along with bribery, prosecutors attempted to charge Terrill and Leftwich with conspiracy. But the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld former Special Judge Stephen Alcorn’s November 2011 ruling that there was insufficient evidence to try the two former lawmakers for conspiracy.

An affidavit filed in the case says Terrill wrote a bill that would create the job of “transition coordinator” at the Medical Examiner’s Office for Leftwich and used a separate bill to divert $90,000 to the office from a fund at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control. Former Democratic Gov. Brad Henry vetoed both measures after the bribery allegations surfaced.

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