Local & Regional
Thu September 30, 2010
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Police Corruption Case
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – 2 Tulsa officers arraigned on updated indictment
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Two officers suspended from the Tulsa police force have pleaded not guilty to charges in an updated federal grand jury indictment accusing them of corruption.
Officers Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton entered their pleas Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Paul Cleary in U.S. District Court at Tulsa.
According to the Tulsa World, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Harris said there were only two substantive changes in the updated indictment. She said one adds a charge against Yelton that he asked an inmate in the Tulsa jail to a potential government witness. Harris said the other change involves a drug count against Henderson that now charges him with distributing less than 50 grams of cocaine instead of an amount greater than 50 grams in the summer of 2007.
So far, six former and current Tulsa police officers and one former federal agent have been charged in the case. Two of them retired Tulsa Police Officer John Gray and former federal agent Brandon McFadden have pleaded guilty.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com