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February 24, 2013

Taxidermist speaks out against Steidley



The documents in question are not released to the general public during an ongoing investigation under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
“I gave nothing of my husband’s case to anyone.  My husband received a copy of the report through his attorney who was given it directly from the game warden. I had no one from my office contact anyone in regards to this case as we were conflicted out and I did not contact anyone as the District Attorney in this case,” Janice Steidley said.
The Claremore Daily Progress requested a copy of the police officer’s report and was told it was not public record.
The friend told Shrum that Janice Steidley spent an entire evening working on questions for him to ask Shrum.
He questioned Shrum on the timeline of events, paying particular attention to the dates the officer was given for the police report.
“They wanted me to say the horns were found here and not brought here,” Shrum said.
Additionally, the friend was not a law enforcement officer or employee of the DA, Shrum said. The entire deal was very strange, said Shrum.
After “the friend” contacted Shrum then the defense attorney that was representing Larry Steidley and Smith contacted him.
Once again, Shrum was asked the same questions.
Finally, Shrum was contacted by District Attorney Eddie Wyant and again was questioned.
Shrum said he asked Wyant what his relationship with Janice Steidley was during their conversation.
“He [Wyant] said, ‘Janice is a friend of mine’,” Shrum said.
In the 12 years he has been working in the business of taxidermy, Shrum said he has never had this type of experience.
“It is a don’t mess with me game or I will get you,” Shrum said.
“They got off the hook very cheap, they need to take their $3,000 loss and move on, they were wrong,” Shrum said. “If any of us got caught doing what those guys did they would have taken our trucks, our guns and our hunting license.”

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