Juror speaks after being kicked off jury that found Del City captain guilty of manslaughter
DEL CITY, Okla. -After more than 10 hours of deliberating, jurors have reached a verdict in the case of a Del City police captain, accused of shooting an unarmed teenager in the back.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said, “When officers cross the line, they’ll be held accountable and we will police our own. Everyone gets treated fairly in the justice system here.”
Harrison was charged with manslaughter for killing 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. in March 2012.
Following a high-speed chase, crash and scuffle, prosecutors said Harrison shot Scott in the back as the teen tried to flee.
The jury deliberated for eight hours Monday night before being sent home.
The jurors reported that 10 jurors are leaning in one direction, one is leaning in the opposite direction and one refused to vote at the end of the day.
On Tuesday, Judge Donald Deason removed the juror that refused to vote after the third vote and had her replaced with an alternate.
The judge said the juror was violating her oath by refusing to vote.
The defense then called for a mistrial.
The judge denied that request and sent the jury back into deliberations with the alternate now included.
The move comes one day after Harrison took the stand in his own defense.
Harrison was emotional as he described fighting for his life.
Harrison even wrestled with his attorney in front of the jury to demonstrate the scuffle he had with Scott.
Harrison again claimed he thought Scott had a second gun and didn’t want him to escape the scene because he saw him as a threat to the public.
During the trial, several eyewitnesses and some Del City police officers, who witnessed Scott running away, said they did not see Scott as a deadly threat.
Doug Friesen, Harrison’s attorney, said, “Somewhere in the back of the officer’s mind has got to be, if I take this show, I could be sent to jail. And what, we make them wait now and get shot at first?”
The jury recommended that Harrison face four years in prison.
Sentencing will begin Jan. 8.
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