Trial scheduled to get under way for Pawhuska’s ex-football coach

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Jury selection started Tuesday afternoon in Osage County District Court for the embezzlement trial of former Pawhuska High School football coach Scotty Ray Gilkey.

Gilkey, 39, is accused of misappropriating public school funds in 2012 while he was the PHS head coach.

Associate District Judge B. David Gambill will preside over the trial, which is expected to last about three days.

More than a dozen subpoenaes have been issued in the case. Potential witnesses include several Pawhuska teachers, coaches and school officials, as well as an investigator from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Gilkey served as Pawhuska’s head coach for approximately six months. The PHS graduate was hired in May 2012 and suspended from his coaching duties in early November — four days before the conclusion of the Huskies’ season.

In late 2012, an investigation of Pawhuska school finances was conducted by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. The OCSO probe had been requested by Pawhuska school district officials and, reportedly, involved funds related to athletic programs.

Osage County District Attorney Rex Duncan filed embezzlement charges against Gilkey in May 2013. In addition to the felony charge that is to be considered in the trial proceedings, the former coach also was cited in a seven-count misdemeanor embezzlement charge. His wife, Jennifer Gilkey, was listed as a co-defendant in the misdemeanor allegations.

The charges stem from the operation of a Fourth of July fireworks stand in 2012, shortly after Gilkey became the PHS head coach. Approximately $2,500 in fireworks-sale proceeds are involved in the embezzlement allegations, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Gilkey has remained free on a $2,500 bond since he turned himself in to authorities 16 months ago. The Pawhuska job was Gilkey’s first as a head coach, although he previously had been an assistant in Bartlesville and with state-champion teams at Union and Tulsa Washington.