New trial date set for former Oklahoma reserve deputy Robert Bates

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Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Robert Bates

OKLAHOMA — A pre-trial review for the case of Robert Bates was set for January 2016. On Wednesday, that trial date was moved to April 18.

The judge who moved the trial date is the third judge to be put on the case; the first two judges recused themselves.

Bates was charged with second degree manslaughter after fatally shooting Eric Harris. The 73-year-old reserve deputy said he mistakenly shot Harris after mistakenly grabbing his firearm instead of a stun gun.

He plead not guilty in April.

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