Oklahoma sheriff testifies as grand jury continues inquiry

Ponca City Now - September 24, 2015 9:31 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – An attorney says the grand jury testimony of an Oklahoma sheriff whose office is under investigation after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man focused on a memo that acknowledged that deputy’s inadequate training.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz spent about three hours Wednesday testifying before the grand jury, which is investigating any wrongdoing after deputy Robert Bates killed Eric Harris in April. Bates has said he mistook his handgun for a stun gun.

Glanz didn’t comment as he left the jury room.

His attorney, Scott Wood, said much of Glanz’s testimony was about the 2009 memo that said top sheriff’s office officials knew Bates was inadequately trained, but pressured other officers to look away.

Bates, a longtime friend of Glanz, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

 

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