Tahlequah Daily Press

March 19, 2013

Perjury case to be heard Monday

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A preliminary hearing is tentatively set to begin next Monday in a felony perjury case filed following a child sex abuse trial in 2012.

Terry D. Begay, 47, was arrested in Cherokee County District Court last year, on the final day of jury trial for her husband, 48-year-old Stacey Garrett Begay.

Terry Begay was accused of contradicting herself while testifying in front of the jury. She allegedly told the court she would “plead the Fifth” during her husband’s trial, but a judge granted her immunity from prosecution. She then took the stand and claimed she had no recollection of certain events.

After jurors had gone to deliberate her husband’s fate, the judge had Terry Begay arrested, and said it was clear she “was not telling the truth.”

She was formally charged in October 2012 and is free on a $10,000 bond. Her husband was later found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison for child sexual abuse, but he was granted a new trial this year.

The alleged victim – the Begays’ adopted daughter – has testified she and Stacey Begay were coerced into saying they had sex together.

State prosecutors are seeking DNA samples to see whether Stacey Begay is the father of the alleged victim’s child.

The second trial for Stacey Begay could begin in May.