District court arraignments for two former district attorney’s office employees have been delayed after being scheduled for this week.

District Judge Lawrence Parish, of Okfuskee County, set the arraignments for Janet Bickel, 49, and Arstest Vyrl Keeter, 74, on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. They were moved to today, May 18 at 1:30 p.m., but then postponed again when Keeter’s attorney, Mark Green, could not appear in court in Wagoner Thursday afternoon.

No new date has been set for the arraignments. The new time will be set after Parish confers with Green, Bickel’s attorney and Assistant Attorney General Joel-lyn McCormick.

Bickel’s original attorney, Donn Baker, has filed a motion to withdraw as counsel, but court records don’t show an order allowing the withdrawal.

Keeter and Bickel appeared before Associate District Judge H. Michael Claver, of Okmulgee County, May 8 to waive their preliminary hearings.

Keeter, the District 27 office manager and former drug task force director, is charged with two counts of attempted subornation of perjury. Bickel, a former assistant district attorney, has a count of possession of a controlled drug and a count of offering false evidence.

All the charges are the result of a multicounty grand jury investigation of District Attorney Richard L. Gray’s office.

Gray has not been charged with any wrongdoing, but has appeared before the panel.


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