- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An attorney representing a reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed man earlier this year in Oklahoma had a closed hearing with a judge Monday.

Clark Brewster, who represents Robert Bates, spent about 45 minutes in front of Tulsa County District Judge Rebecca Nightingale. It’s unknown what was discussed and Brewster declined to comment after the hearing, saying the court had advised attorneys not to talk about the case.

A grand jury is meeting for the eighth week looking into possible wrongdoing at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office after Bates fatally shot Eric Harris in April.

Bates, a former insurance executive and longtime friend of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of Harris and has left the force. Bates has said he mistook his hand gun for a stun gun. Thousands of residents later petitioned for an investigation into the sheriff’s office.

Also Monday, an alternate grand juror was seated. The proceedings are closed to the public, but Nightingale briefly opened the courtroom Monday morning to appoint the alternate juror, who will take the place of a juror who had a family emergency out of state.

Glanz is expected to testify Wednesday before the grand jury.

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This story has been corrected to show the proper spelling of the judge’s last name is Nightingale, not Nightengale.


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