Claremore Daily Progress

January 23, 2014

Grand jury to hear more witnesses, evidence

Investigation continues Feb. 4-6

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter


The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until Feb. 4-6, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.
“The time allotted this session did not permit the grand jury to complete its investigation,” a statement issued by the state attorney general’s office said.
The statement added that investigators will summon more witnesses and also gather additional physical evidence for the three-day session in February.
Grand jury proceedings are confidential and so it was not known whom among the Rogers County officials targeted in the investigation have testified thus far or will be subpoenaed later.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt directed the multicounty grand jury in October to investigate “multiple allegations of wrongdoing by public officials and others in Rogers County.”
The multicounty or state grand jury has been considering other accusations of public official misconduct around Oklahoma since it was established more than a year-and-a-half ago. 
Thursday it returned one indictment in an Oklahoma County case. 
But the indictment was sealed until officials can make an arrest, said Diane Clay, the attorney general’s director of communications.