The judge presiding over Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby’s manslaughter case admonished her for speaking on CBS’s “60 Minutes” after he cautioned prosecutors and defense attorneys about speaking publicly about the case, reports the Tulsa World. Judge Doug Drummond said that Shelby’s case has drawn significant media interest nationwide, which prompted him to send a letter to attorneys asking that they be “cognizant” of professional conduct rules relating to pretrial publicity.
Shelby was featured Sunday evening in a roughly 30-minute report on “60 Minutes” in which she broke down in tears while describing the circumstances that led to her decision to shoot Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16. Shelby, 43, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Crutcher, 40. She told “60 Minutes” she felt Crutcher compelled her to shoot him because he wasn’t complying with commands that he show her his hands. She described the aftermath of the shooting as being akin to “a lynch mob coming after me,” a comment that drew outrage from local social justice activists.