A Wynnewood bail bondswoman charged with attempting to bribe District Attorney Craig Ladd waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.


A Wynnewood bail bondswoman charged with attempting to bribe District Attorney Craig Ladd waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

 

Raemona Perry, 57, appeared before Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin in Carter County District Court for what was supposed to be her preliminary hearing. But instead of asking for the state to present evidence in the case that could earn her a judge’s decision to bind her over for trial, Perry’s attorney, Billy D. Vandever, announced his client was waiving her rights to the hearing. Baldwin set formal arraignment for 9 a.m. Dec. 29.

 

Perry is currently free on a personal recognizance bond.

 

The Garvin County bail bondswoman was formally charged with conspiracy against the State of Oklahoma in September.

 

The charge was filed by District Attorney Emily Redman, Bryan County. Redman was assigned the case by the attorney general’s office when Ladd, the victim, recused himself and his office from handling the prosecution.

 

Perry is accused of conspiring with her late husband, Louis, on July 20, “... to commit the crime of bribery of an executive officer by conspiring to give a bribe District Attorney Craig Ladd ... in order to gain a financial benefit in a pending bond forfeiture matter by the exonerating of the bond guaranteed by said Louis G. Perry, husband of the defendant, in the state’s case against Ricky R. Murph Jr.”

 

The charge further accuses the couple of the “overt act of the delivery of money in the sum of $5,000 to a third party,” to be delivered to Ladd to  influence his decisions and actions ...”

 

Ladd learned of the conspiracy just days before the couple actually arrived in Ardmore with the cash bribe and asked law enforcement officers (Carter County Sheriff’s Office, DA Investigators and the FBI) to investigate. The couple was taken into custody without incident  minutes after they delivered the bribe and booked into the Carter County Detention Center. They were released the next later pending the appointment of a district attorney to handle the case and formal charges. A week later Perry’s husband reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the couple’s Wynnewood residence, leaving his wife to face the charge alone.

 

If convicted Perry faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $25, 000.