Claremore Daily Progress

June 26, 2014

Grand jury returns 1 indictment; none for Rogers County

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until July 22-24, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.
One indictment was issued involving one defendant and one count in Washita County, according to its interim report.
The grand jury recessed “to permit the summoning of additional witnesses and the gathering of additional physical evidence by the investigators assisting the grand jury, at which time the grand jury will resume its investigations,” a statement issued by the state attorney general’s office said.
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 2013 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.