OKLAHOMA CITY —
A prosecution witness, Cherokee Ballard, a former television reporter who worked as the legislative liaison for the Medical Examiner’s Office in 2010, testified that she and the agency’s chief administrative officer, Tom Jordan, felt pressure from Terrill, who made it known he wanted Leftwich hired for the post.
“We felt like we didn’t have a choice,” Ballard said.
Terrill testified in his own defense and denied telling officials at the agency to hire Leftwich. He said their memories of the conversations were confused.
He also said the measure creating the new position was approved only after it received majority votes in both the state House and the Senate.
“I cannot do anything by myself,” Terrill said. “I’m a bill manager, and my job is to move the bill through the process.”
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