A former Jenks middle school teacher is charged with being the get-away driver for a bank robbery that happened in 2007.
Stina Roi McMath was indicted just days before the statute of limitations on the crime was set to expire.
The statute of limitations for bank robbery is five years.
We asked Tulsa attorney Jack Zanerhaft why prosecutors might wait so long to file charges in a case like this and Zanerhaftn told us it's "not usually because the state or the federal goverment is lax or not diligent in trying to prosecute."
"It's usually," he says, "something done by the (suspect) that has delayed the case."
In some of those cases, Zanerhaft says, a judge will suspend the statute of limitations, if its obvious the suspect is hiding or doing something to delay prosecution.
And, Zanerhaft tells KRMG, it is probably not an indication that the government's case against McMath is weak.
He says, "Prosecutors, both state and federal, are really good about not filing charges unless there is sufficient evidence."
Stina McMath is charged with conspiracy and bank robbery for the 2007 hold-up of an Arvest Bank near 71st and Sheridan.
The charges were filed 10 days before the statute of limitations was to expire.