Judge Outrageously Removes The Killing Of Terence Crutcher From Former Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby's Record
After the fatal shooting, Shelby has gone on to join the Rogers County Sheriff's Department.
October 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm
Shelby was acquitted for the first-degree manslaughter case brought against her and as of Wednesday, Oct. 25, Oklahoma District Judge William LaFortune granted Shelby's request for her record to be expunged.
In August of this year, Shelby petitioned to have the September 2016 killing of the 40-year-old victim removed. Shelby encountered Crutcher last fall when his SUV stalled in the middle of the street.
When the former Tulsa officer moved toward him, dash cam video and video from the helicopter on scene indicated that Crutcher had his hands up and was complying with Shelby's commands. However, Shelby stated that Crutcher was reaching in his vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
"This crime does not exist for employment application purposes," said Shelby's attorney Shannon McMurray on Wednesday.
Under the order, the case will only be accessible through a court order and can be destroyed after 10 years.
"Like any other citizen who is acquitted, Betty Jo Shelby was entitled to have her record sealed and expunged," the attorney said. "Betty ... continues to work to try and serve her community and prays for everyone's continued healing."
Since the shooting, Shelby has joined the Rogers County Sheriff's Department as a reserve sheriff's deputy.
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