Supreme Court Will Not Take Up Shelby Threat

Oct 10, 2018

 

Betty Shelby, taking the oath.
Credit KWGS News File photo

The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up the case of a Connecticut man who sent threatening messages to Tulsa, Oklahoma, police following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white officer.

The Oklahoman first reported that the high court on Tuesday, without comment, denied a petition by Jeffrey Stevens of East Lyme, Connecticut to hear his case.

Stevens was convicted of threatening to kill Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby and others after Shelby fatally shot Terence Crutcher, who had his hands up when she shot him in 2016.

Stevens pleaded guilty to five charges and five other counts were dismissed. He was sentenced to a year in prison and has been released.

Stevens argued that he had no intent to commit a crime, but was predicting a civil uprising against police.