Former Governor Testifies In Bribery Trial

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013, 1:27 pm
By: News 9

Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has testified in a former state legislator's felony bribery trial and told jurors he considers the defendant a friend.

Henry testified for about an hour Wednesday during the trial of former Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill. Terrill is charged with offering former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich 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. Both Terrill and Leftwich maintain their innocence.

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Henry testified that he considers Terrill a friend and that he had no direct knowledge of a scheme to offer Leftwich a job in exchange for her not running for re-election.