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Not guilty plea entered in Tulsa officer's manslaughter case

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Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not say anything at her first court appearance Friday, other than acknowledging her name.

TULSA, Okla. (TheBlaze/AP) — A not guilty plea has been entered on behalf of an Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

This undated file photo provided by the Tulsa Oklahoma Police Department shows officer Betty Shelby. Police say Tulsa officer Shelby fired the fatal shot that killed 40 year-old Terence Crutcher, Sept. 16, 2016. Prosecutors in Tulsa, Oklahoma, charged Shelby, a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street with first-degree manslaughter Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (Tulsa Police Department via AP, File)

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not say anything at her first court appearance Friday, other than acknowledging her name. Her attorney, Shannon McMurray, entered the not guilty plea on her behalf.

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby is led from the Tulsa County Sheriff's office into a courtroom in the Tulsa County courthouse, in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Shelby is charged with first degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16, 2016 killing of Terence Crutcher. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Shelby is charged in the Sept. 16 death of Terence Crutcher, whose family sat in the first two rows of the courtroom Friday in Tulsa. Prosecutors allege Shelby acted unreasonably when she shot the 40-year-old Crutcher after she encountered his vehicle abandoned on the street.

The Rev. Joey Crutcher, left, and his wife, Leanna Crutcher, right, the parents of Terence Crutcher, are led from a courtroom following the arraignment of Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Okla., Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Shelby is charged with first degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16, 2016 killing of Terence Crutcher. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Shelby told investigators she feared for her life. Shelby's next court appearance is set for Nov. 29.

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