Judge delays Terrico Bethel's trial
|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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