Judge presiding over Betty Shelby trial sends strong warning after 60 minutes interview

Posted at 8:57 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 22:48:52-04

TULSA -- The Judge presiding over Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby’s manslaughter trial is sending a strong warning to her defense team.

District Judge Doug Drummond is concerned about a fair trial.

In an order, Drummond said “It is obvious this case has drawn significant media interest nationwide since the beginning.” Drummond goes on to say the court sent a November 28 letter to attorneys involved in the case requesting that they be “cognizant” of rules relating to publicity.

Drummond also says “Since the date of the letter, the comments continued, either voluntarily or in response to questions from the media.”

Drummond stated his concern over Shelby’s appearance on 60 Minutes as well as her attorney’s interviews with KFAQ a little over a month before the trial is slated to begin.

Shelby’s trial is set to begin on May 8.

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