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Defense calls for mistrial in lawmaker bribery case

Terrill Leftwich mugs

OKLAHOMA CITY — The defense in a high profile bribery case calls for a mistrial.

Prosecutors claim former state representative Randy Terrill offered former state senator, Debbe Leftwich, a new 80-thousand dollar a year state job at the state medical examiner’s office if she agreed not run for re-election.

The defense called for the mistrial after prosecutors announced that leaders in the state senate have repeatedly refused to hand over electronic records connected to the case.

It’s unclear what those records contain but the defense asked for a delay and mistrial.

Those requests were denied by the judge.

On Friday prosecutors also called their final witnesses.

Former house speaker Chris Benge testified Terrill pushed through the bill that created the controversial job, but Benge admitted he was ok with the creation of the position.

State treasurer Ken Miller also testified he provided Terrill with the bill to transfer OBN money to pay for the job.

Terrill is expected to testify on Monday.

Both he and Leftwich are being tried separately.

Leftwich’s trial is set to begin in December.