OKLAHOMA CITY - Quick Facts:
- A multi-county grand jury met Wednesday
- FOX23 learned they are looking into the allegations of sexual assault against members of the Bixby football team
- On Thursday the Grand Jury asked for more information but did not specify which case the request involved
- In a document filed Thursday the Grand Jury said they did not have enought time to complete its investigation
- The next session is schedule for Feb. 13-15
- A teen came forward in 2017, saying he was attacked by his teammates
- The superintendent resigned over the controversy
Prosecutors could be closer to an indictment in the sexual assault allegations against members of the Bixby football team.
Wednesday, a multi-county grand jury took on the case; they will deliberate possible indictment. On Thursday the Grand Jury filed a document saying they did not have enough time to complete their investigation.
They are schedule to meet again on February 13. They must make a decision by July when the multi-county Grand Jury session ends.
In addition to students facing possible trouble over the assault, several members of the Bixby Schools administration had to answer to allegations that they tried to avoid reporting the assault.
2 players released from proceedings. Confirmed Atty Shannon McMurray is present however bc of law she can’t say who she’s representing. pic.twitter.com/qvJ4HyfVlM— Ashli Lincoln FOX 23 (@AshliLincoln) January 17, 2018
The state's multi-county grand jury has jurisdiction to investigate matters in all 77 counties.
State statutes require the multicounty grand jury to have far more than probable cause, or sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed, to try the case.
According to the statute, “The grand jury ought to return an indictment when all the evidence before them, taken together, is such as in their judgment would, if unexplained or uncontradicted, warrant a conviction by a trial jury.”
According to the state constitution, only nine participants in a multicounty grand jury in Oklahoma have to agree that an indictment should be returned. State statutes also allow the grand jury to hear evidence for the accused.
Grand juries in the state have investigative power, meaning rather than just having to hear presented evidence, as a trial jury does, the grand jury can request evidence. They even have subpoena power.
State statute forbids grand jurors from disclosing proceedings of the grand jury and how they voted.
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