Former special deputy’s trial underway

Ponca City Now - April 21, 2016 11:47 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The second-degree manslaughter trial of a former Tulsa County volunteer sheriff’s deputy is underway.

Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris during an undercover gun-sale sting.

Defense attorneys said during opening statements Wednesday that Bates made a "mistake" that was an "accident" that led to "excusable homicide."


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