Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Trial For Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Gets Underway

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Kelly Saunders | 18 May, 2017, 16:43

Shelby, 43, shot and killed Crutcher, 40, after approaching him on the street on September 16 after his auto broke down.

Richert also testified that he watched Crutcher walk away from Shelby with his hands up. Richert told prosecutors Wednesday he "had no idea" if Crutcher was on something when he was shot. She faces four years to life in prison if convicted, the AP said.

Sharolyn Wallace and Michelle Ogan, who teach at TCC's northwest campus, said they encountered Crutcher around 7 p.m. September 16, a Friday, after he had been wandering the halls in search of his class. Crutcher told them he enrolled in a fast-track music appreciation course, and Wallace invited him into her office to look up his schedule on her computer. Moments later, Tulsa officer Betty Jo Shelby shot Crutcher.

Defense attorney Shannon McMurray told the jury that Shelby was a model officer who followed her training that day.

During opening statements on Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray painted the 43-year-old officer as an overly emotional cop whose unnecessary fear of Crutcher caused him to bleed out in the street.

Crutcher didn't have a gun on him or in his SUV.

Two Tulsa Community College professors who talked with Crutcher less than an hour before he was fatally shot described him as a kind man disappointed that his class was canceled.

As Crutcher eventually reached the driver's side door of his Lincoln Navigator - where the window was halfway down, police have testified - Shelby told Walker that he lowered his arms and reached into the window with his left.

A wave of audible groans filled the courtroom after a defense attorney suggested that a screwdriver found in Crutcher's vehicle could be considered a weapon.

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Referring to the dash and helicopter footage that captured the event, Grey told the jury, "You will see what it looks like from a police officer's perspective".

Crutcher was shot about 40 minutes later.

"It was obvious there was something that transpired before I arrived", he said, adding that "the situation made me a little uneasy, a little edgy".

Video of the incident showed Crutcher, who is black, with his hands up, walking away from officers and then towards the side of the auto, before Shelby fired her weapon.

Turnbough said that he didn't realize that Crutcher had been shot until a few seconds into the second electric current when he saw blood coming through his white T-shirt.

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Shelby has pleaded not guilty.

In recordings he can be heard saying Crutcher "looks like a bad dude" who "could be on something".

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