Oklahoma lawmaker wants Murray County judge removed over rape plea deal

An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation calling for the ouster of a judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed legislation calling for the ouster of a judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp.

House Resolution 1025 by Republican Rep. Mike Ritze asks the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary to begin removal proceedings for District Judge Wallace Coppedge.

The resolution says Coppedge grossly neglected his duty in accepting a plea agreement with Benjamin Petty in Murray County District Court.

If passed, the resolution is not legally binding.

Both Coppedge and assistant prosecutor David Pyle were widely criticized over the deal, and Pyle resigned.

Petty pleaded guilty to the 2016 attack and received 15 years' probation.

The girl was attending Falls Creek in Davis, Okla., billed as the largest youth camp in the nation.



 
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