Officer Makes A
Not Guilty Plea
Charge in Tulsa
By ROBERT E. BARNES
TULSA—The policewoman charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of unarmed Terence Mr. Crutcher two weeks ago pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Tulsa County District Court.
Officer Betty Shelby, 42, was silent in the courtroom other than answering “yes” to acknowledge her presence, and her plea was entered by her attorney, Shannon McMurray, who is representing Officer Shelby along with Scott Wood.
Special Judge Deborrah Ludi-Leitch ordered Officer Shelby to return to court Nov. 29 for a preliminary hearing before Special Judge James Keeley.
Mr. Crutcher’s family members and their legal counsel filled two rows in the courtroom, where Officer Shelby’s case was quickly handled first among a large docket of out-of-custody defendants.
Outside the courtroom where reporters are allowed to film, Officer Shelby was seen briefly as she crossed a narrow hallway accompanied by Tulsa County sheriff’s deputies.
After the arraignment, Mr. Damario Solomon-Simmons spoke on behalf of the Mr. Crutcher family, saying the proceeding is a step toward justice for a family still grieving after burying him Monday.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler filed the manslaughter charge against Officer Shelby six days after she fatally shot
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