OKLAHOMA CITY – A Nevada bookie becomes the second person to plead guilty to illegal gambling in a federal case centering around an Oklahoma City man.
Teddy Mitchell is accused of hosting illegal high stakes poker games at his Oklahoma City home, the same place where his wife was murdered in November 2010.
On Friday, 69-year-old Gary John Gibb pleaded guilty to illegal gambling.
Prosecutors agreed to drop two other felonies against Gibb if he was willing to testify against others accused in the case, including Mitchell and his two sons.
“It really means absolutely nothing,” Mitchell’s attorney, Scott Adams, said. “I mean, virtually every defendant in this case has pleaded except for Teddy and his sons.”
Adams said they expected this and that it doesn’t change their defense.
“It doesn’t change our theory that back in the ’80s, the federal government told Teddy to get a federal gambling stamp, pay the money, report all of his income and they’ll leave him alone and he’s done that for 20 years,” Adams said.
Adams said the only thing that changed was the brutal murder of Mitchell’s wife, Julie Mitchell.
He said it continues to torment his client that no one has been arrested.
“That’s what Teddy cares about the most,” Adams said. “I want to remind everyone there’s still that $50,000 reward out there. I’ve been in contact with the police department here in Oklahoma City trying to get someone to do something.”
Adams said Mitchell welcomes the truth coming out in trial.
As he prepares for his day in court, he’s also busy taking care of his young daughter, who was found unharmed in a pool of blood next to his wife the day she was murdered.
“You can only imagine trying to take care of a 2-year-old, which he does full time, preparing for this gargantuan gambling trial that has got thousands and thousands of documents we’re having to go through and then having to deal with the murder of his wife,” Adams said.
Gibb faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
He will be at an Oklahoma City work release center while he awaits his sentencing.