Bribery trial continues for former lawmaker after former governor testifies
OKLAHOMA CITY – Testimony will continue Thursday in the bribery case of a former Oklahoma lawmaker after key testimony from former Governor Brad Henry.
Former state Rep. Randy Terrill is accused of trying to create an $80,000-per-year state job for then Sen. Debbie Leftwich.
Prosecutors said, in exchange for the job, Leftwich would not run for reelection.
With Leftwich out of the race, one of Terrill’s fellow Republicans could run for her empty seat.
Governor Henry testified he vetoed the bill that would have created the controversial new position.
Henry called the job a waste of taxpayer money but admits he doesn’t know if Terrill broke any laws.
“It was hard to testify,” Henry said. “Terrill is a friend, Leftwich is a friend. I told the truth and the chips will fall where they may.”
Terrill faces up to two years if convicted.
Both he and Leftwich are being tried separately.
Leftwich’s trial is set to begin in December.