TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- Officer Betty Shelby faces first degree manslaughter charge for the shooting death of Terence Crutcher
- Shebly shot and killed Crutcher on Sept. 16.
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What is first degree manslaughter in the state of Oklahoma?
Here's a closer look at the charge Officer Shelby now faces:
Homicide is manslaughter in the first degree in the following cases:
1. When perpetrated without a design to effect death by a person while engaged in the commission of a misdemeanor.
2. When perpetrated without a design to effect death, and in a heat of passion, but in a cruel and unusual manner, or by means of a dangerous weapon; unless it is committed under such circumstances as constitute excusable or justifiable homicide.
3. When perpetrated unnecessarily either while resisting an attempt by the person killed to commit a crime, or after such attempt shall have failed.
If convicted here's the punishment per statute:
Any person guilty of manslaughter in the first degree shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not less than four (4) years.
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