Last minute motions, details hashed out before manslaughter trial of Officer Betty Shelby

Betty Shelby

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The defense and prosecutors met this morning to hash out final details before the trial against Officer Betty Shelby.

Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Both sides presented information and evidence that will be presented during the trial.

"We have a tactics expert, we have an expert on psychology of police work, we have an expert on tasers," said defense attorney Shannon McMurray. "If we see an issue we've got it covered with an expert."

But District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says the dashcam and helicopter video take precedence over any expert not at the scene.

"It is a positive in this case from my perspective that we have something that really can't be disputed," said Kunzweiler. "We get to watch how this encounter unfolded."

McMurray wants to see evidence that proves first-degree manslaughter in the heat of passion. She says nothing in the discovery or the affidavit for the arrest shows Shelby acted unreasonably and/or was not lawfully or unlawfully engaged.

The verdict will be decided by the jury, but Kunzweiler says one thing is for sure.

"There is an advantage to having technology that is more expensive and provides local law enforcement a vehicle that documents what is taking place and their interactions with the public," said Kunzweiler.

Jury trial is set for May 8.

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