Arraignment pushed to February for Officer Betty Shelby

Betty Shelby leaving a hearing at Tulsa County District Court Dec. 15, 2016. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - A new date for an arraignment will send Betty Shelby back to court in February. Thursday, the Tulsa officer was scheduled for an arraignment in Tulsa County District Court.

During a brief hearing, her attorneys asked a judge for more time. Shelby’s lawyers explained they’re waiting for transcripts from her preliminary hearing back in November. The defense said that information is needed in order to file motions before heading into trial for the death of Terence Crutcher.

Assistant District Attorney, Kevin Gray, said the defense’s request to push back the arraignment date in not unusual in Oklahoma.

“This is simply the process of saying the state presented evidence at the preliminary hearing, the majestor made a finding that we had met probable cause. This is the defense just asking a district judge to review that one more time,” said Gray. “They’ve needed the preliminary transcripts so that they can file those motions and get the transcripts in front of a judge.

The assistant DA said the transcripts should be available by the end of December. The defense has to file motions before its Jan. 13 deadline, and the state has to respond by Jan. 26.

With the extra time—the question raises if Shelby’s team will present the witnesses they were denied in the preliminary hearing.

“I don’t know what they may choose to do, but this would be the appropriate time to file that. So I would anticipate in their motion to quash they will address that issue,” said Gray.

The arraignment will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.

Read more about the Terence Crutcher-Betty Shelby case.

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