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August 6, 2012

Trial continued in first of District 18 Drug Court grand jury indictments

McALESTER — By JAMES BEATY

SENIOR EDITOR

A long-awaited trial in which former District 18 Drug Court Coordinator Angie Marcum faces charges in a grand jury indictment accusing her of embezzling public money and property, along with stealing, destroying or secreting a public book or record, has been continued.

Marcum had originally faced trial Monday — but that changed following a sounding of the docket held Friday at the Pittsburg County Courthouse.

However, not all of the witnesses who were to testify in the case got the word, and some showed up at the courthouse Monday ready to testify.

During the sounding of the docket Friday in Pittsburg County District Court, Oklahoma Assistant Attorneys General Charles Rogers and Megan Tilly were on hand to represent the AG’s office.

Defense attorneys Anthony Allen and Shannon McMurray were on hand to represent Marcum.

Okmulgee County Judge Ken Adair had been present to preside over the sounding of the docket — a legal action typically held to announce the status of a pending trial.

Attorneys have now been ordered to file all court motions in the case on, or before, 4 p.m. on Aug. 27.

A status hearing on the case is set for 9 a.m. on Sept. 4. That leaves open the possibility the trial could be set for the October trial docket in Pittsburg County District Court.

Marcum had first been indicted by the Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury in 2011, with the indictment unsealed in Pittsburg County District Court in June of that year.

The first count, embezzlement of public money, alleges that as the District 18 Drug Court coordinator for Pittsburg and Haskell counties, Marcum “was entrusted with the receipt of thousands of dollars of fees paid by District 18 Drug Court participants.”

Some of that money, along with more than $10,000 in additional fees, was allegedly not deposited to the credit of the District 18 Drug Court program, but instead was misappropriated and converted “to a use contrary to and not in accordance with the trust imposed on her” regarding the funds, according to allegations in the indictment.

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