Body cam audio allowed in Robert Bates' trial

Posted at 4:40 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 07:12:27-04

TULSA (AP) -- A judge has rejected a request to edit video taken after an Oklahoma volunteer deputy shot and fatally wounded an unarmed man on a Tulsa street.

The video includes a deputy cursing at the wounded man who had complained that he could not breathe.

The judge on Monday rejected the request to edit the video made by attorneys for former Tulsa County volunteer deputy Robert Bates. The judge said jurors need the context by being able to watch the full, unedited video.

Bates has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris. Bates has said he mistook his handgun and stun gun.

The ruling came before 65 potential jurors arrived for the first phase of jury selection for Bates' trial.

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