Local gambling suspects, except Mitchell, released on bond

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Federal prosecutors unseal an indictment detailing a massive illegal gambling operation here in the metro.

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

The gambling indictment includes 81 criminal charges and 10 defendants.

The allegations span three states and two countries.

Monday 7 of the 10 defendants appeared in federal court.

Prosecutors now claim Teddy Mitchell used his home to operate a series of high stakes poker games.

Mitchell is also accused of taking bets and wagers in sporting events, providing clients a password to access a sports betting website in Costa Rica.

"In addition to operating poker games, Teddy Mitchell operated as a bookmaker taking bets in person and over the phone," U.S. attorney Sanford Coats said. 

Along with Teddy Mitchell, prosecutors claim his son Dryden Mitchell and a second son, along with four other suspects in the metro, one in California and one in Nevada, were involved in the illegal gambling.

"This was not an investigation of a couple of guys with a small friendly game. This was a major organized investigation," FBI special agent Jim Finch said. 

While Julie Mitchell's murder officially remains unsolved, prosecutors said the size and scope of the alleged illegal gambling made it impossible to ignore.

"We don't waste taxpayer dollars on investigations that are insignificant," Finch said.

Attorney's representing Teddy Mitchell and his sons deny any laws were broken and claim any gambling that took place was perfectly legal.

All the suspects pleaded not guilty.

All the local suspects, except Teddy Mitchell, were granted release on bond.

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