TULSA, Okla. -- The drama continues in the Bixby football rape case. New documents show Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Gary Lumpkin is requesting more information about a possible conflict of interest in the case.
The four boys charged in the crime and their attorneys say the Rogers County DA's office is too close to the victim's family, specifically Assistant District Attorney Kali Strain.
Now you may remember, the Tulsa County district attorney's office recused themselves from the case because of a conflict of interest of their own. The state attorney general's office then assigned the case to Rogers County. The football player's attorney's filed a motion to disqualify Rogers County from the case.
"We've asked the district attorney's office to remedy that and he's refused," defense attorney Paul Demuro said.
That was denied by the judge. They then went to the appeals court to try and overturn that ruling.
Now, Judge Lumpkin wants to know more about the details surrounding the Rogers County DA.
In the meantime, the defense is asking to put the preliminary trial on hold until the appeals court has a ruling.
Experts close to the case we talked to say that a stay is likely to be granted.