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Betty Shelby's attorney calls her 'extraordinary human being'

by: Tiffany Alaniz Updated:

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

  • FOX23's Tiffany Alaniz talked with Attorney Shannon McMurray about the Betty Shelby trial.
  • McMurray represented Shelby in the manslaughter trial.
  • A jury found Shelby not guilty in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher.

Attorney Shannon McMurray told FOX23 that there are things she wants the public to know about Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby.

McMurray represented Shelby in a manslaughter trial for the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. Shelby was found not guilty after nine hours of jury deliberation Wednesday night.

“Officer Shelby is an extraordinary human being,” McMurray said.

She said Shelby is relieved since hearing the verdict, but is still sad that Crutcher cannot be with his family.

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“She’s never been in law enforcement to do anything except protect and serve. She never ever wanted to hurt another person,” McMurray said.

FOX23’s Tiffany Alaniz asked McMurray how Shelby feels about the criticism she received from Crutcher’s family.


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“She knows and a jury has spoken that she is not a murderer…that doesn’t make the fact that she took a human life any easier,” McMurray said.

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Tulsa police officials said Thursday morning they are working to determine what, if she has one, Shelby’s future at the department will be.

“She wants to serve her community. As far as working at the Tulsa Police Department, that’s an unknown at this time. We want to hear from Chief Jordan,” McMurray said.


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