A multicounty grand jury indictment against former District Attorney Richard Gray was dismissed, and a criminal information was filed in its place.

It was a procedural and traditional thing the Attorney General’s Office does, said spokesman Charlie Price.

Price said when a case proceeds to trial under an indictment, the indictment serves as a preliminary hearing.

But when a criminal information is filed, a preliminary hearing is conducted, allowing both sides to glean more information.

Gray, 46, was the chief prosecutor in Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner and Cherokee counties. His term ran out Jan. 1. Gray was defeated in November by Jerry Moore.



The indictment alleged Gray took approximately $9,000 in seized drug funds from a drug task force safe. The funds were never deposited with the county treasurer, as required, said Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick.

Gray has maintained his innocence. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Jan. 22.

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