Judge delays Terrico Bethel's trial

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Updated: 6/20/2012 11:32 am Published: 6/20/2012 10:15 am

A Tulsa County judge has delayed the trial for a man accused of killing a Tulsa businessman in a murder for hire plot.

The judge dismissed potential jurors in the Terrico Bethel murder trial on Wednesday morning. Bethel is accused of the 2008 murder of Neal Sweeney in part of a murder for hire plot.

The judge said Bethel's defense attorney is hospitalized and a doctor recommended even after she is released she should not take part in the trial. Since the jury had not been sworn in this is not a mistrial, the trial is passed to a new date.

District Attorney Tim Harris says he is not sure if this will impact the trial dates of two other suspects in the murder, Alonzo Johnson and Fred Shields. The Sweeney family told the DA this delay is frustrating.

The earliest a new trial could be set for Bethel is August 20th.

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64poke - 6/20/2012 6:04 PM
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What officials? I spoke at length with Tim Harris and various other people from the DA's office and no one knows her condition or how it will effect the case.

FOX23News - 6/20/2012 3:20 PM
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When our reporter spoke with officials today that is what she was told.

watchdog11 - 6/20/2012 11:50 AM
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It is a delay tactic on her part, she knows she can't win this one, and if she doesn't she could be in danger too, these people are career criminals, been in trouble since they were just kids for real. They need to appoint or hire someone else and get these thugs tried, they need to go to jail, as an example to other young men who might be taking the same road.

64poke - 6/20/2012 11:43 AM
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How could you report that the judge said the attorney would not be able to continue after she is released from the hospital? I was sitting next to your reporter and that is NOT what the judge said. He stated that he did not know the condition of Ms Holmes and if or when she would be able to continue once released. Get it right Fox, really poor reporting.
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