Tulsa police officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges
TULSA, Okla. (AP) —A Tulsa police officer pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man when she makes her first appearance before a Tulsa County judge.
Tulsa officer Betty Shelby was arraigned on Friday for the fatal shooting two weeks ago of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher. A judge informed Shelby of the charge against her and set a date for a preliminary hearing, where the court will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled in November.
Shelby's attorney Scott Wood pleaded not guilty for his client.
Prosecutors allege Shelby acted unreasonably when she shot Crutcher after she encountered his vehicle abandoned on the street.
Shelby, who is white, told investigators she feared for her life.