Tulsa officer Betty Shelby found not guilty of manslaughter

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The lawyer for a Tulsa police officer says Betty Jo Shelby is elated that a jury has found her not guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed black man last September.

Defense Attorney Shannon McMurray said Shelby is "elated and very proud of her jury." McMurray also said Shelby is ready to get back to her life.

Shelby testified that she shot Terence Crutcher out of fear because she said he didn't obey commands to lie on the ground and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun.

Prosecutors told jurors that Shelby overreacted, arguing that Crutcher had his hands in their air and wasn't combative.



 
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