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Rogers County Sheriff, others seek grand jury to investigate DA, commissioners
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Rogers County Sheriff, others seek grand jury to investigate DA, commissioners

Rogers County Sheriff, others seek grand jury to investigate DA, commissioners
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Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton

Rogers County Sheriff, others seek grand jury to investigate DA, commissioners

The Rogers County Sheriff and five other people have requested judicial approval for a petition to convene a grand jury to investigate the district attorney, three assistant district attorneys, and two county commissioners.

KRMG has obtained a copy of the petition filed in Rogers County District Court Monday morning by Sheriff Scott Walton.

It details a long list of possible illegal activities, including bid splitting, perjury, conspiracy, witness tampering, illegal wiretapping, falsely reporting a crime, obtaining money by false pretences, and more.

Most of the allegations concern District Attorney Janice Steidley and three of her Assistant DAs, Bryce Lair, David Iski and Timothy Wantland.

County Commissioners Kirt Thacker and Mike Helm are also named as targets of a possible grand jury investigation.

Creek County District Judges have recused themselves from the case, and Walton says the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court has been asked to appoint a judge to approve the petition.

That could happen as early at Tuesday, Walton says, and possibly by the end of the week the petition could be approved and then distributed for signatures.

It will take at least 3,000 certified signatures to trigger a grand jury.

Walton told KRMG he hopes the eventual result is a clean county government, something he strongly feels the citizens of Rogers County don't currently enjoy.

"I certainly believe that wrongdoing will be uncovered in this investigation and be brought to light. I hope those corrections are made and proper action taken on that, and the result of Rogers County being a better place to live, work and raise your family is the ultimate outcome that I want to see."

KRMG called DA Steidley and spoke to her assistant, who said they would send us a statement via email.

At this time, we have not received that statement, and Steidley has declined our request for an interview.

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