Betty Shelby Pleads Not Guilty in Tulsa Shooting Death

Terence Crutcher a 40-year-old black man was shot and killed Friday

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not speak in the courtroom, but one of her attorneys, Shannon McMurray, entered the not-guilty plea on her behalf. The phenomenon, as Wood further said, also caused Shelby to not realize other officers had arrived on the scene, sirens were going off or other cops were standing next to her because she was "totally focused" on Crutcher.

Shelby was charged with one count of manslaughter committed in the heat of passion for the September 16 killing on a highway where Crutcher's vehicle had apparently stalled.

The judge set a November 29 date for a preliminary hearing where the court will decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. If convicted, Shelby faces at least four years in prison.

Despite the fact Terence Crutcher had his hands up when he was fatally shot, Officer Betty Shleby says she didn't do anything wrong.

Jordan confirmed that Crutcher was unarmed at the time and video evidence supplied by police appeared to confirm the chief's description of events.

Crutcher was African American; Turnbough and Shelby are white. According to the Washington Post, Shelby was released on $50,000 bail after only 20 minutes. Both videos show Crutcher with his hands up in the air moments before he was shot.

Days after the September 16 incident, Wood said Shelby thought Crutcher was retrieving a weapon from his vehicle when she opened fire.

Wood had sought to expedite the arraignment, citing concerns for the officer's safety amid an expected "onslaught of attendance" at the Friday hearing, but a judge on Thursday denied that request.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced the manslaughter charge last week.

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