Ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy’s manslaughter conviction upheld
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The manslaughter conviction of a white former Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed black man has been upheld.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday rejected the appeal of 76-year-old Robert Bates.
Bates was a Tulsa County reserve deputy when he shot 44-year-old Eric Harris during an undercover investigation in April 2015. Bates said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun. Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter.
His attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Thursday’s court decision.
Bates was paroled in October after serving just more than 16 months of a four-year prison sentence.
The shooting prompted a grand jury investigation of the sheriff’s office. That led to the indictment and resignation of Sheriff Stanley Glanz.