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Attorneys on both sides react to Officer Shelby turning herself in Friday morning

Posted at 10:24 AM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 11:24:10-04

TULSA - Both the Crutcher family attorney and Officer Betty Shelby's attorney reacted to Shelby turning herself in early Friday morning. 

Both attorneys spoke to Two Works for You sister station Talk Radio 1170 Friday morning. 

Betty Shelby's attorney Scott Wood said he was shocked the Tulsa County District Attorney filed charges so quickly, but he stands by the statement that the shooting was justified. 

"No one has heard, except for me and Sergeant Walker, maybe the DA I don't know, has heard Betty tell the story of how this unfolded. And it's quite different from what has been painted," Wood said.

Wood also said Shelby has been staying in a safe house out of state after receiving "specific threats." They'll have to meet in various locations to start planning her defense.  

The Crutcher family's attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons wasn't shocked Shelby was able to get out of jail quickly. 

"We have no issue with that. That's our system, that you can get bail, and be out on bail until you are convicted. That's what should occur here. We want justice, and that means she gets the same justice that everyone else deserves," Solomon-Simmons said. 

He said their team would've preferred second degree murder charges, but they believe the DA will win the case with first degree manslaughter. 

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