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Del City police captain's manslaughter trial set to begin

The first-degree manslaughter trial for Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison, 48, is set to begin Nov. 18 in Oklahoma County District Court.
by Matt Dinger Published: November 18, 2013

Four months before Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison shot and killed Dane Garrett Scott Jr., he arrested Scott for reportedly selling drugs near Del City High School.

Now two years later, Harrison's first-degree manslaughter trial in the man's death begins in Oklahoma County District Court.

Harrison, 48, faces a first-degree manslaughter charge in the March 14, 2012, shooting death of Scott, 18, of Del City, an unarmed man shot in the back after a car chase that ended in Oklahoma City.

The case is a rare instance of a law officer being charged in an officer-involved shooting, and some of his supporters say his actions were proper and that the case could set a dangerous precedent.

In March, District Judge Donald Deason issued a gag order in the case and denied Harrison's defense attorney's motion to dismiss the criminal charge.

Jury selection from a pool of 45 to 50 prospective jurors may conclude Monday.

Harrison was charged with the felony in April 2012. He has been on paid administrative leave with the Del City Police Department since the shooting.

Harrison had arrested Scott in November 2011, reportedly selling drugs near Del City High School. During arrest and booking, he threatened officers, Harrison's defense attorney wrote in papers filed with the court last month.

The next month, Harrison during undercover surveillance saw Scott sell what appeared to be marijuana from his home. And in January 2012, Scott was the passenger in a vehicle Harrison stopped. The driver admitted to police that Scott had sold him marijuana which was hidden in the pickup's passenger door panel, records show.

On the day of his death, Scott reportedly was selling drugs to one or more passengers in his car just before the pursuit. There was also a loaded handgun in the vehicle, and Scott was driving without a license, according to court papers.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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