Indictment Accuses District Attorney Richard Gray Of Embezzlement

Tuesday, October 24th 2006, 10:25 am
By: News On 6

Grand jury indictment issued against the Cherokee County District Attorney. Richard Gray is accused of stealing nearly $9,000 in drug money.

Gray represents four counties in all, Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner. He's accused of taking money confiscated from two separate drug seizures in 2004. A multi-county grand jury says Gray was the last person to have access to the funds.

His lawyer says his client did nothing wrong. Gray’s attorney Clark Brewster: "I think that when this case plays out, and all the evidence is heard in a public airing, he's going to be acquitted because he didn't take the money."

Gray is the third person to be indicted during the grand jury's ongoing investigation of the Cherokee County District Attorney's office.

Former assistant DA Janet Bickel pleaded guilty to trying to replace stolen meth from a crime scene with a different quantity of the drug. Gray's office manager Vryl Keeter pleaded guilty to lying to the grand jury.