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1:51 pm
Fri August 6, 2010

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Tulsa Police Corruption

Tulsa, OK – Okla police officer seeks release from jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa police officer accused of corruption has asked a federal judge to release him from custody.

A motion filed on behalf of Bill Yelton seeks to reverse a U.S. magistrate's decision to detail him prior to trial.

Yelton and co-defendant, Jeff Henderson, remain jailed after federal indictments accused them, two present and one retired police officer of crimes including perjury and planting drug evidence.

Officers Nick DeBruin and Bruce Bonham and retired Officer Harold R. Wells are free while awaiting trial.

Yelton's attorney, Scott Graham, wrote in a pleading that his client hasn't been able to meaningfully assist in his own defense since being jailed.

U.S. District Judge Bruce Black of New Mexico was assigned to the case after three Tulsa federal judges recused themselves.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com