Hearing Set For Appeal By Former Tulsa Police Officer

Wednesday, March 6th 2013, 11:42 am
By: News On 6

A federal appeals court in Denver is slated to hear an argument by a former Tulsa police officer serving a 10-year prison sentence for his role in a corruption scandal that tarnished the reputation of the city's police department.

Attorneys for former corporal Harold Wells are scheduled to argue the case Thursday at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wells claims authorities never obtained a warrant to secretly videotape an FBI sting in 2009 that appeared to show him stealing money during what he thought was a motel drug bust.

He also alleges the government showed only the parts of videotape at trial that were favorable to its case.

Harold Wells was found guilty on five of eight counts, including carrying a firearm during drug trafficking, conspiracy to possess and distribute meth, stealing $1,000 in U.S. funds plus aiding and abetting in its theft and using a communications facility to commit a drug felony.

The jury deliberated about four hours before reaching its verdict.

Wells was sentenced in 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.