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.
“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.”