Defense rests, jury dismissed for day in Shelby manslaughter trial

Betty Shelby, on trial for first-degree manslaughter after shooting and killing Terence Crutcher in September 2016, testified for more than two hours Monday. She detailed her training and what was going through her head when she shot Crutcher. (KTUL)

The fate of Officer Betty Shelby will now be in the hands of 12 jurors.

Defense attorneys rested their case Tuesday in Shelby's trial for first-degree manslaughter. The jury has been dismissed for the day, and closing arguments are expected Wednesday morning.

Shelby was charged with manslaughter after shooting and killing the unarmed Terence Crutcher in September 2016. She testified for more than two hours Monday, speaking about her training, how she thought Crutcher had a gun that day, and other factors in the shooting.

"If you hesitate, if you delay, then you die," Shelby told the courtroom Monday.

On Tuesday, the judge denied a request from Shelby's attorneys to declare a mistrial. The defense said District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler used Shelby's silence after the shooting to imply she was getting "her story together," but it wasn't enough to sway the judge.

Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker also took the stand for a third time Tuesday to talk about Crutcher's criminal history.

Read more about the Terence Crutcher shooting death.

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