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Jurors visit site of fatal shooting in Del City police captain's manslaughter trial

Jurors visit the site where Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison fatally shot 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. Harrison is on trial on a first-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma County District Court.
by Matt Dinger Modified: November 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm •  Published: November 21, 2013

Jurors on Thursday morning visited the scene where Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison shot and killed 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr.

Harrison, 48, is on trial in Oklahoma County District Court on a first-degree manslaughter charge stemming from the incident on March 14, 2012, when Scott — while unarmed — died after being shot once in the back by Harrison.

Jurors spent several minutes at the site near SE 15 and Interstate 35, a small area with a chain-link fence that Scott attempted to scale.

The scene is a small, partially paved lot just east of the northbound Interstate 35 Service Road. Most of the area, just a few feet north of SE 15, is blocked off by fence and appears to have been part of a larger driveway in the past.

Harrison's defense attorney, Doug Friesen, objected to the trip taking place before Harrison testified, but Judge Donald Deason, citing the possibility of upcoming inclement weather, continued as planned.

Jurors rode in an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office bus to the site and spent about 10 minutes there before returning to the bus and riding back to the courthouse.

Once back in court, jurors were shown a video statement from Harrison recorded at the Del City Police Department on March 27, 2012.

In the video, Harrison said he first encountered the vehicle Scott was driving at the residential intersection of Lariet Lane and Karen Drive, just southwest of the intersection of SE 15 and Sunnylane Road.

Scott pulled the vehicle into a Church's Chicken, but drove around the building and west onto SE 15 at a high rate of speed.

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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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