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9:47 am
Mon July 4, 2011

Police Trial Delayed

Tulsa, OK – Trial for Tulsa officers delayed until August

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The trial of two Tulsa police officers accused in a corruption scandal has been postponed for a week.

The Tulsa World reports that the trial that had been scheduled for July 25 will now begin on Aug. 1.

The case is being heard in Tulsa, but U.S. District Judge Bruce Black of New Mexico is presiding and Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Duke from Little Rock, Ark., is leading the prosecution.

Charged are officers Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton. They have been jailed while awaiting trial.

Henderson faces 58 counts that include perjury, civil-rights violations, witness tampering and drug-related accusations. Yelton is charged with eight counts that include civil-rights violations, witness tampering and suborning perjury.

Last month, one officer was convicted and two others were acquitted.