Love County Sheriff Voluntarily Suspends Himself From Office
Love County Sheriff Joe Russell has voluntarily suspended himself from office as a criminal case is pending against him.
Russell was arrested last month after Oklahoma's multi-county grand jury recommended he be removed from office for corruption and other alleged violations. He's pleaded not guilty to charges of maintaining a drug house and harboring a fugitive.
In court Tuesday, District Judge Wallace Coppedge also issued a gag order in the case, preventing attorneys and others involved from speaking publicly about it.
An Oct. 3 jury trial is set on whether Russell should be removed from office.