Rogers County: Grand Jury Investigation


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Updated: 10/21/2013 10:28 pm Published: 10/21/2013 9:52 pm


Thousands of citizens filed a sealed petition to oust District Attorney Janice Steidley. Weeks later, a judge lifted the seal, and Steidley handed down lawsuits.

"I will not back down. Not now. Not later," said Bill Jones.

The $500,000 suit is the least of Jones' worries. He said Steidley refused to press charges against the suspect who raped his relatives.

"(This is) very disheartening, very much so," said Jones.

Steidley is suing multiple names on the petition for defamation and libel. Steidley and assistant district attorney, Bryce Lair, are accused of a number of offenses including tampering with phone lines in the Rogers County Court House and intimidation.
Sheriff Scott Walton helped lead the petition, now he's also being sued for half a million dollars.

"That's what you get for stepping up to the plate and taking this type of action," said Walton.

FoX23 called Steidley's office, a couple of times, and couldn't reach her, but midway through FOX23's interview with Walton, Steidley walked out the back door of the courthouse. She declined comment.

"No, you can call my lawyer though," said Steidley.

Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt released this statement:

"The multicounty grand jury will bring together a panel of citizens from across the state to thoroughly and objectively review the issues raised in Rogers County."

Jones said he won't stop fighting for justice at any cost. Walton said it could be December by the time the multicounty grand jury hears this case.

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