$75,500 donated to Hofmeister defense fund
by Nolan Clay, NewsOK

The special committee created to help Joy Hofmeister pay her legal bills in a criminal case has raised $75,500, its first report shows.

“Joy is humbled and pleased by the support from individuals who believe in her innocence and the job she is doing for Oklahoma’s kids,” her defense attorney, Gary Wood, said Monday.

The state schools superintendent was charged in November with four felony counts involving her 2014 campaign. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August in Oklahoma County District Court to determine if prosecutors have enough evidence for a trial.

The Joy Hofmeister Defense Fund was created in February under a rule approved by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission in 2014. It is the first special committee involving a defense fund ever formed in Oklahoma.

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