The jury in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby has announced its verdict. KOCO 5 News reports that the jury found Shelby Not Guilty with only 9 hours of deliberation. Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed black man was shot and killed by Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Officer Betty Shelby ‘With His Hands In The Air.’
Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon.
Shelby was charged with killing Terence Crutcher in September.
Shelby said she feared for her life and she shot Crutcher because she thought he was reaching for a gun that was in his SUV which broke down on a Tulsa street. Crutcher did not have a gun.
Defense attorneys said Crutcher ignored Shelby’s commands. Prosecutors said Crutcher did not make any aggressive moves. Shelby testified during the trial.
The Kansas City Star reports the jury reached its verdict after deliberating for just over nine hours Tuesday.
Tulsa Officer Betty Jo Shelby says she shot 40-year-old 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.