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Okla. officer testifies in trial for teen’s death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma police captain says he fatally shot a teenager last year because he feared for his life.

The Oklahoman reports ( Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison took the stand Friday. He explained to jurors that he had been pursuing 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. and other suspected drug dealers in an effort to clean up illegal activity in the community.

Harrison has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say the officer became so fixated on Scott that he finally crossed the line, shooting him in the back at a time when he posed no threat to anyone. The defense says the shooting was justified.

Prosecutors called 13 witnesses before resting Friday. Harrison will resume his testimony Monday.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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