Attorneys for Officer Betty Shelby file to dismiss manslaughter case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Attorneys for a Tulsa police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man say a police homicide sergeant told the prosecutor that the case was "unwinnable."

Attorneys for 42-year-old Betty Shelby on Wednesday asked a district judge to dismiss the charge against Shelby and filed a motion saying Sgt. Dave Walker told District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler "that he filed an unwinnable case" and there was no probable cause for the charge.

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Shelby is charged in the Sept. 16 shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.

Kunzweiler told the Tulsa World that his response to the motion will "take issue" with how the evidence is characterized.

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Walker declined comment.

Shelby was ordered on Nov. 29 to stand trial on the charge and arraignment is set for Feb. 1.

Read more stories about the Terence Crutcher shooting.

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