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Tulsa cop Betty Jo Shelby found not guilty in death of Terence Crutcher


Betty Shelby leaves the courtroom with her husband, Dave Shelby, right, after the jury in her case began deliberations in Tulsa, Okla., Wednesday, May 17. (SUE OGROCKI/AP)
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A jury has declared police officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of manslaughter after she shot and killed Terence Crutcher.

After hearing closing arguments in Shelby’s trial Wednesday morning, jurors had deliberated since noon, taking just over nine hours to arrive at the verdict for the killing that sparked nationwide outrage.

The victim’s father, Rev. Joey Crutcher, told media outside the courtroom that Shelby “got away with murder.”

The jury’s makeup was eight women, four men, with nine white people and three black people, according to the Tulsa World. At least four of the jurors broke down in tears as they left the courtroom.

The Rev. Joey Crutcher, father of Terence Crutcher, talks with the media following the verdict. At left is Leanna Crutcher, the mother of Terence Crutcher and at right is Crutcher family attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons. At right rear is Terence’s twin sister, Tiffany Crutcher. (SUE OGROCKI/AP)

“This was a very difficult case with lots of difficult issues,” Judge Doug Drummond said before the decision was announced. “I hope everyone can acknowledge that.”

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