The federal trial of two more Tulsa police officers charged with corruption began Monday with the prosecutor describing how more than 60 allegations against a handful of cops began with an investigation of planted drugs and stolen money, reports the city’s World. The defense characterized the officers as courageous and skilled investigators who acted within the law while seeking out and arresting the most dangerous criminals in Tulsa.
Officer Jeff Henderson, 38, faces 54 counts related to perjury, civil rights violations, drugs, witness tampering, firearms and attempted bribery. Bill Yelton, 50, faces eight charges of civil rights violations, witness tampering, perjury and retaliation against a witness. The case against them is related to a corruption probe of former Tulsa Police Officer John K. “J.J” Gray, 45, and former ATF Agent Brandon McFadden, 34. Gray and McFadden have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.