Prosecutors rest in trial of man in officer’s fatal shooting

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - November 17, 2019 9:01 am

Officer Justin Terney

(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com)

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested in the murder trial a man charged in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma police officer.

The Oklahoman reports that prosecutors rested Friday in the first-degree murder trial of 38-year-old Byron James Shepard of Okemah for the March 2017 shooting death of 22-year-old Tecumseh officer Justin Terney.

Defense attorneys say the shooting was unintentional. Prosecutors contend that Shepard shot Terney in an effort to avoid going to jail.

Authorities say Shepard was a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation and ran from the scene when Terney learned of an arrest warrant for Shepard. Authorities say the two eventually shot each other. Terney died the following day while Shepard recovered.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The defense is to begin presenting its case on Monday.

 

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