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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Tulsa Police Corruption Trial Delayed

Tulsa police corruption trial delayed
The Tulsa World by Omer Gillham - July 1, 2011

Grand jury investigates police corruption: Read all of the stories, view a timeline and read key documents. A criminal trial for two officers accused of police corruption has been delayed for one week, which means the trial will begin Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, court records show. U.S. District Judge Bruce Black of New Mexico moved the trial date back earlier this week. The trial had been scheduled for July 25 in federal court. Tulsa police officers Jeff Henderson, 38, and Bill Yelton, 50 were indicted under seal July 19, 2010 in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. They have remained jailed since July while they await trial. Henderson was indicted on 58 counts that include perjury, civil-rights violations, witness tampering and drug-related accusations. Yelton was indicted on seven counts that include civil-rights violations, witness tampering and suborning perjury. An eighth count was added in September that allegedly attempted intimidation of a witness. The trial for Henderson and Yelton is the second police trial which resulted from a grand jury investigation which began about two years ago. On June 10, two Tulsa police officers were acquitted while a former officer was convicted and awaits sentencing for drug conspiracy and stealing U.S. funds during an FBI sting in May 2009. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane W. Duke of eastern Arkansas if overseeing the police corruption probe.

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