Bates' attorneys ask for his release from jail

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 20:35:25-04

TULSA -  Attorneys for Robert Bates filed a motion to have him released from jail, Friday. 

They say the transcript from Bates' trial won't be complete in time for to file for a new trial.

This motion comes after a man who served on the jury that convicted former volunteer deputy Robert Bates of second-degree manslaughter expressed regret for the verdict and is asking the judge to consider probation instead of prison.

A total of 71 people have written letters to the court, pleading Bates' case. Among those is Bates' ex-wife who says she "would not refer to him as a warm and inviting person", but the jury "didn't have all the necessary information to have made a fully informed decision."

Bates' doctor also wrote a letter stating concerns about the 74-year-old's health.

Judge William Musseman is set to sentence Bates next week. The jury recommended the maximum sentence of four years.  

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