Tulsa Reserve Deputy Bob Bates Waives Right To Preliminary Hearing

Friday, June 26th 2015, 2:07 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Bob Bates will return to court in July after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Friday. Bates is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Harris, a suspect in a drug and illegal firearms investigation.

A preliminary hearing usually presents the facts to determine if there is enough evidence for the accused to stand trial.

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Bates' attorney Clark Brewster said the shooting was caught on tape, and Bates has always admitted he fired the fatal shot, so a preliminary hearing would be a waste of time and resources.

Bates' next court appearance is expected to be on July 13, 2015.