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Murdered OKC woman took part in alleged illegal gambling before death

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Newly unsealed court records shed more light on an alleged illegal gambling operation here in the metro.

Teddy Mitchell, his two sons, and several others are charged with 81 counts of illegal gambling and money laundering.

The allegations first came to light in 2010 after Teddy Mitchell's wife Julie was found murdered inside her home.

Prosecutors now claim Julie took part in the illegal poker games before her death.

Teddy Mitchell's attorney said the information released by the FBI is not surprising.

The defense admits Julie took part in the alleged illegal poker games but they again insist no laws were ever broken.

Federal prosecutors claim the pool house in the Mitchell's backyard served as an illegal high stakes poker room dating back to 2004. 

The affidavit explains how "dealers from local casinos, Mitchell's wife, Julie, and sons, Dryden and Nick, were dealers for the different tables."

"She dealt some cards and had a good time doing it," Teddy Mitchell's attorney, Scott Adams, said. "None of this was a surprise."

Adams doesn't deny Julie took part in the gambling business.

"You know, we were aware of the fact that Julie participated," Adams said. "It wasn't anything she was forced to do; she enjoyed it. For them to act like it's sinister, I don't understand."

Julie of course isn't charged with any crimes but her sons, Dryden and Nick, along with several other suspects are facing federal charges

In the affidavit, one of Julie's family members described the scope of the gambling outfit.

The affidavit states, "This source conservatively estimated that Mitchell profited $500,000 per year from the illegal sports book making operation."

"Teddy has a federal gambling stamp," Adams said. "He reported all his income. He felt everything he was doing was 100 percent legal. It's just something the jury has to decide if it's legal or illegal. We believe it's legal."

Julie's murder officially remains unsolved.

The federal trial is still set to get underway in April of next year.