After nine hours of deliberations on May 17, a jury found Betty Shelby not guilty of the manslaughter of unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher.
During deliberations, defense attorney Shannon MchMurrary requested a mistrial because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct, a judge denied the request and deliberations continued.
The verdict was reached around 9 p.m. CT, and just before the announcement, the jurors sent a note to the judge asking if they could make a statement when they delivered the verdict. The judge told them no, but said they were free to discuss the case after the trial was over.
Shelby’s trial spanned over eight days and has focused on if she was justified in using deadly force against Crutcher or if she acted irrationally out of fear.
Shelby testified for over two hours during the trial about her training as a police officer and how she believed Crutcher was reaching for a gun inside his SUV when she shot him.
“If you hesitate, if you delay, then you die,” Shelby told the courtroom on May 15.
The family of Crutcher is expected to release a statement soon.