Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Federal jury trials called off

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Federal jury trials called off

Related coverage Upcoming federal jury trials in Oklahoma are being called off in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

At the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City, all jury trials set in April are being postponed.

“Older adults and those with underlying health conditions have been advised to stay at home, which will impact the Court’s ability to obtain a fair cross-section of the public for jury service,” said Timothy DeGiusti, the chief U.S. district judge in Oklahoma City.

Among those affected are Keegan Harroz, a suspended Oklahoma City attorney who was set for trial April 14 on a federal indictment accusing her of firearm violations. That indictment arose out of an investigation into a triple slaying near Beggs in September. She was identified last year as a suspect in the shooting deaths but not charged.

At the federal courthouse in Tulsa, all trials and court hearings have been continued until further order.

At the courthouse in Muskogee, all jury trials through April 17 are being postponed.

Federal grand juries in Oklahoma also are not meeting for a while. Grand jurors regularly meet in federal court to hear testimony and decide whether criminal charges are warranted.

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