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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