Accused Tulsa police officer back in court

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/08/2013 10:35 am Published: 8/07/2013 12:17 pm

Former Tulsa Police Marvin Blades Jr. was back in court Wednesday. He faces five charges of robbery with a firearm, accused of pulling over Hispanic drivers and taking money from them.

FOX23 News was in the courtroom as First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond called his first witness to the stand. That witness, an undercover agent with the Bureau of Narcotics, posed as an immigrant worker who didn't speak English and was pulled over by Blades on August 24, 2012.

The agent described the sting operation in which he says he was given 22 $20 bills and six $100 bills. He described turning off the lights to the truck he was driving, and being pulled over by Blades around 9:45 p.m. According to the agent, Blades motioned for him to put his wallet and registration on the dashboard, and told the agent to wait by the police car.

During his testimony, the agent says Blades found a beer can in the truck and told him to pour it out. He then says Blades gave him his wallet, told him to put it in his pocket, told him he was "lucky this time," and not to drink until he got back to his hotel.

It was after he got back into the truck, the agent says he recounted the money in the wallet and says the $600 was gone. Drummond played a recording from a body mic that was in the truck that night.

On that recording, the agent's story was corroborated. He listened to the agent talking on the phone with other officers, at one point saying, "I got all the twenties I believe, but no 100's...they're all gone."

During opening statements, the defense argued Blades is innocent of the five charges because, even though he had his firearm on him, his attorney says he never threatened the undercover agent, never pointed or even referenced his gun.

While cross-examining the first witness, the defense attorney says it was an "assumption" of the agent's that the money was taken by Blades, rather than being misplaced, or falling out of the wallet.

Drummond called two more officers to the stand before lunch.

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