Man Charged With Murder Claims Tulsa Reserve Deputy's Records False

Friday, April 17th 2015, 7:45 pm
By: News On 6

We've learned more about the man who signed an affidavit saying the training records of Tulsa County Reserve Deputy Bob Bates were falsified. Bates is charged in the shooting death of Eric Harris following an undercover gun deal.

Bates' attorney says the man making the claims of falsified records is not credible because he was fired from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, has a lawsuit pending against him and is in jail, charged with murder.

I have confirmed the man who signed that affidavit is Warren Crittenden. He was hired by the TCSO in 1995 and was fired in 2011. He's suing the sheriff's office, saying they fired him because of his PTSD and degenerative disc disease, which he says was caused by the job.

Crittenden was arrested a few months ago for a Tulsa homicide case.

Tulsa police say four men went to the Super 8 Motel in January, and three of those men went into a room. Then two fired shots, killing a man inside.

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Police say the fourth man stood outside during the murder and drove the getaway vehicle.

They say that man was Warren Crittenden. They say after he crashed the getaway vehicle, he told police he had information about the murder.

They say he told them he knew something bad was going to happen when the other men showed him the guns but denied knowing who the other men were. He said he was forced to participate at gunpoint, but police say he couldn't explain why he didn't call 911 after he dropped off the other men.

Crittenden has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

Attorneys for Bob Bates say Crittenden is not believable and neither is the affidavit he signed this week. The affidavit says Bob Bates' training records were falsified at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, and those supervisors who refused to fudge the records were demoted.

But Crittenden's defense attorney says Crittenden has been believable in their dealings, and he doesn't like this client being openly criticized by another attorney.

"To me, it's nothing more than a show to sidetrack what the real issue is, and it should be for a court of law - and I think all this will come out ultimately, but it will take time," said Brett Swab, defense attorney for Warren Crittenden.

After pouring through dozens of pages of Bates' training records, we found this one from 2009 that Crittenden did himself, where he gave Bates all satisfactory or above ratings and then wrote, Bates has a "positive attitude toward law enforcement with a good relationship with the public in general."

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Crittenden's only criticism of Bates was geography.

I have had people call me and say Crittenden may be charged with murder, but he is telling the truth about the training records; however, none of those people will give me their names. Bates, his attorneys and the Sheriff's Office deny records were falsified.