MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 23, 2013

Former Gov. Brad Henry testifies in ex-legislator’s trial


Associated Press

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry testified Wednesday that he considers a former state legislator accused in a bribery scheme a friend, and that he had no evidence of the alleged job offer in the case.

Henry, a Democrat, testified for about an hour in the trial of former state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore. Terrill, 44, is charged with offering former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, an $80,000-a-year state job in exchange for Leftwich’s promise not to run for re-election in 2010. Prosecutors allege Terrill masterminded the scheme so that a Republican colleague of Terrill’s could seek Leftwich’s seat in south Oklahoma City.

Terrill and Leftwich, 62, both face up to two years in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted of roles in the alleged scheme. Leftwich’s trial is scheduled to begin later this year. Both have maintained their innocence.

Henry testified he vetoed both a bill to create the state job and a separate measure to divert $90,000 to the agency after hearing rumors the job had been created for Leftwich and learning that District Attorney David Prater had launched a probe.