Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby to go to trial in May in Terence Crutcher fatal shooting case

Posted at 8:24 AM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 21:16:15-05

Tulsa Police officer Betty Shelby will go to trial for the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Shelby has been charged with first-degree manslaughter for the death of Crutcher, 40, on Sept. 16, 2016.

District Judge Doug Drummond overruled motions by Shelby's attorneys to have the case thrown out for lack of evidence or sent back for a new preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say Shelby acted unreasonably because Crutcher wasn't armed or combative when she approached him after his SUV broke down, and that he obeyed commands to raise his hands.

Shelby's attorneys say she shot Crutcher because she feared for her life, believing Crutcher was reaching into his vehicle for a gun.

SECTION: Fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher

Shelby is a five-year veteran of Tulsa Police Department.


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