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Tulsa Police Officer Will Stand Trial For Manslaughter

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A Tulsa judge has ruled there is enough evidence for Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby to stand trial. Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed Terence Crutcher in September.

Police said Crutcher was unarmed when the two encountered each other at 36th Street North and Lewis in Tulsa.

Shelby’s preliminary hearing began at 9 a.m. A little after 10:30 a.m., the judge called for a one-hour recess to review videotapes and autopsy video. 

Shelby first appeared in court September 30, where she entered a "not guilty" plea to the first-degree manslaughter charge that carries a felony conviction and at least four years in prison. The Tulsa police officer told investigators she feared for her life when she shot Terence Crutcher on September 16th, 2016.

But in the affidavit, the prosecutor says he believes Shelby acted unreasonably and became emotionally involved to the point she over-reacted. In the preliminary hearing, we'll find out if there's enough evidence to take this case to trial.

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