TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A civil rights group says the release of video showing an undercover agent allegedly buying drugs from a man later killed by a volunteer officer is "character assassination."
Tulsa County sheriff's officials released video late Tuesday of a man who allegedly sells drugs and talks about selling a gun to an undercover officer last month.
The sheriff's office says the recordings show Eric Harris, who was fatally shot April 2 by volunteer deputy Robert Bates during a sting investigation. Bates has said he confused his handgun with a stun gun.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he's considering recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office.
District Court Judge James Caputo says he hopes to decide by tomorrow whether to continue with the case. Reserve deputy Robert Bates has pleaded not guilty in the April 2nd death of Eric Harris.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.
The team made the announcement Wednesday.
Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference Finals three out of four years, and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder failed to make the playoffs this past season, as injuries limited them to a 45-37 finish.
Brooks was 338-207 (.620) with the Thunder and was the 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.
The House voted 87-8 for the bill Wednesday while a nearly identical bill passed the Senate on a 38-5 vote. All opposing votes came from Democrats.
The bills protect clergy members and others authorized to perform weddings from being required to perform them if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They also shield churches from being required to participate in the ceremonies.
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper charged with rape and sexual battery of three women during traffic stops.
Eric Roberts is due in Creek County District Court in Sapulpa on Wednesday afternoon.
The charges filed last year against the 42-year-old Roberts in three separate cases include second-degree rape, sodomy, sexual battery, embezzlement and asking for or receiving a bribe. He has pleaded not guilty.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation campaigned in Arkansas this week as an election for leader of the largest American Indian tribe draws closer.
Although the Cherokee Nation is wholly within the borders of Oklahoma, Bill John Baker campaigned in Fayetteville because about 1,700 of the tribe's 64,914 registered voters live in Arkansas— and many of them vote via absentee ballot.
EUFAULA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says one of two boaters who were reported missing on Lake Eufaula has been found.
Troopers say a search crew on Tuesday recovered the body of 23-year-old James Giles of Henryetta in water about 14 feet deep. Searchers used sonar and dragging equipment to find Giles' body.
Giles and 41-year-old Sean McDonald were last seen between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday leaving the Holiday Cove area on the lake in a canoe. McDonald still hadn't been found Tuesday, and the search was suspended until Wednesday morning.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation calling for a convention to consider amending the U.S. Constitution.
The House voted 56-42 Tuesday against legislation calling on Congress to convene a constitutional convention to consider amendments to restrict the federal government's power, impose fiscal restraints on federal government spending and require term limits for members of Congress.
The measure's House author, Republican Rep. Jon Echols of Oklahoma City, held the measure over for possible reconsideration of the vote.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Society says it is "very likely" that most of the earthquakes that have shaken the state in recent years have been triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.