Charging Affidavit For Betty Shelby, Tulsa Officer Who Killed Terence Crutcher



Posted on 09/22/2016, in Cases, civil rights, Cops Gone Wild, Terence Crutcher and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    Thanks for posting it. Going to read it now.

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  2. It was CNN BREAKING NEWS. Officer Shelby has been charged with 1st degree manslaughter. Let’s see what happens this time with the judicial system. It is about time, Gronda

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Excerpt from the charging affidavit:

    ”Turnbough arrives as Mr. Crutcher and Officer Shelby are at the rear of the abandoned vehicle and takes a position to Officer Shelby’s left. He tells her that he has his Taser ready.”

    Was this Ofc. Turnbough’s way of telling Ofc. Shelby that his Taser was enough to handle the situation?

    Because the charging affidavit goes on to say:

    “… that Officer Shelby reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands held up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she over reacted.”

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    • since the owner was right THERE why and how is it an “abandoned”vehicle???? the owner clearly had NOT LEFT the vehicle he was with it and when he saw the first officer arrive(the shooter) he walked towards her asking for help OBVIOUSLY, then the video picks it up as she has also clearly directed him to go back to the car.

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      • Bill,
        “abandoned vehicle” and “suspect” have been improperly used in the media. Terence was not a “suspect,” had committed no crime, and the police were not looking for him as a person suspected for a crime.

        I also read the “innocent until proven guilty” directed towards Shelby. Well, she shot and killed Terence, so she is guilty of that. He posed no threat, so he was not killed in self-defense. But, we know that somewhere during trial Shelby is going to be given “discretion” to kill which is a subject I’m writing on and hope to have posted in a couple of days.

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  4. Great news, but I wish she was charged with second degree murder. I guess they figured there would be a greater chance of a conviction with manslaughter. Even so, I hope she goes to prison for a long time.

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    • Two sides to a story

      News reports say that a manslaughter conviction carries only a 4-year sentence. I’m not holding my breath that she’ll even get part of that, but at least she is indicted.

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

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  8. Well, let’s just pray she is convicted. And not allowed to go back on the streets.. God Help Us All. Out of control cops. Even with a BAD history!

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  9. I also find it hard to believe that such people are not checked out before getting hired. Oh maybe they are and just don’t care.

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

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  11. He had his hands up and she felt threatened… Please…

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  12. yahtzeebutterfly

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  13. yahtzeebutterfly

    So, Ofc. Betty J. Shelby has been charged with “Manslaughter – First Degree – Heat of Passion.”

    Will the prosecutor during trial show a photo enlargement similar to Benjamin Crump’s?

    Crump’s photo enlargement shows that the driver’s window was up.

    I am concerned that, in the charging affidavit, “affiant” Campbell writes:

    “Mr. Crutcher reaches in the driver’s side front window…”

    Is Campbell conceding that this happened even though Crump’s photo enlargement proves it to be impossible? Will it be conceded during trial by the prosecutor with no photo enlargement like Crump’s entered into evidence to disprove that claim?

    If the prosecutor in court only pushes the “heat of passion” narrative, wouldn’t Shelby’s defense attorney simply make a strong case to the jury that Ofc. Shelby feared for her life from her personal assessment at that moment of the event?

    In a September 23, 2016 article (“What we know about Betty Shelby, the Tulsa officer who shot Terence Crutcher”) by the Crimesider staff, one can already see how Shelby’s attorney is going to put forth her defense:

    “[The charge] carries a degree of intent, a degree of recklessness, and that’s not Betty Shelby,” Woods told the station. “Ask anyone, anyone who has worked with her. That’s not Betty Shelby.”

    Will the prosecution be “stuck” with the wording of the charging document that includes “Mr. Crutcher reaches in the driver’s side front window…” Was the document simply poorly written or was it “cleverly” written to weaken the case?

    From Ofc. Shelby’s vantage point, she had the perfect position/view to see that Terence’s arm was not penetrating into the driver’s window. And, yet Shelby’s attorney Scott Wood is quoted as saying the following in a September 20, 2016 Tulsa World article:

    “He has his hands up and is facing the car and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot,” Wood told the Tulsa World.

    Why is this “defense” narrative seemingly accepted in the words of the charging affidavit? And, will the prosecutor have to stick to that story because it is in the affidavit?


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