Officer Shelby to stand trial following death of Terence Crutcher

VIDEO: Officer Betty Shelby to stand trial following Terence Crutcher's death

TULSA, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Officer Betty Shelby will stand trial in the death of Terence Crutcher.
  • She is accused of manslaughter in the death of Crutcher.

Officer Betty Shelby will stand trial for manslaughter in the death of Terence Crutcher.

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She appeared in court Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing.

Shelby is the Tulsa police officer accused of shooting and killing Crutcher.

SEE MORE: Former Tulsa police chief: Crutcher shooting due to lack of community policing

Betty Shelby’s daughter and Law Enforcement and Supporters for Media Accountability (LESMA) held a news conference outside the courthouse.

LESMA claimed there is a "war" on law enforcement officers in a statement Monday:

"We are respectfully requesting that both the media and public be in attendance at our Press Conference on Tuesday to ensure Officer Shelby is given a fair trial and due process.
"The current war on upstanding and honorable law enforcement officers has set a precedent that we believe is undeserved and detrimental to our society. Our goal is simple- that law enforcement officers are  given a fair trial by our Judicial system and fair coverage in the media."

Shelby's daughter and the group thanked supporters, but expressed concerns that Shelby has "already been tried in the court of public opinion." LESMA claimed that media outlets were to blame for circulating and altering incorrect information.

Tulsa Antifa, a protest group standing against fascism, racism and tyranny, showed up to protest LESMA. They said Shelby had already been given a more than her fair share of time telling her story. They said LESMA's appearance at the courthouse was disrespectful to Crutcher, his family and the greater community that is healing after Crutcher's death.

WATCH: FOX23 talked to protesters:

Small group of people rallying/protesters outside the courthouse showing support for Terence Crutcher and Officer Betty Shelby. Live team coverage on FOX23 News at 12. FULL STORY:

Posted by FOX23 Preston Jones on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shelby is accused of manslaughter in Crutcher's death. Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed earlier this year.

Inside the courtroom, Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker testified, and a judge ruled that there was enough evidence for Shelby to stand trial.

Walker described the scene after the shooting, saying that there were no weapons or guns inside Crutcher's SUV when he arrived. He went on to say that the SUV was "neat," and that the windows were approximately halfway up.

He said Crutcher "partially" followed commands, as his hands were up.

He later recalled an interview with Shelby a couple days after the shooting, saying she was still very emotional and did not search the SUV for drugs or weapons at the time of the shooting.

Walker said he does not fault Shelby for drawing her weapon. He said police are not trained to wait, but they are also not trained to "shoot first and ask questions later."

The judge set Shelby's district court arraignment for Dec. 15. Then, she will enter a plea.

SEE MORE: Shelby defense says witness proves Crutcher pointed gun at others day before his death


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