TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former volunteer sheriff’s deputy charged with second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting an unarmed man is scheduled to appear in an Oklahoma court.
A case review is scheduled Wednesday for Robert Bates, who resigned from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office after the killing. A new judge could be assigned to the case after the current judge recused himself at the request of prosecutors.
Bates is accused of fatally shooting Eric Harris in April. He says he confused his stun gun and handgun and has pleaded not guilty. Trial is set for February.
Bates’ friendship with indicted former sheriff, Stanley Glanz, has provoked questions about the agency’s reserve deputy program. A 2009 internal memo alleged top sheriff’s officials knew Bates was inadequately trained, but pressured subordinates to ignore that.