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Opening statements, testimony begin in Del City police captain manslaughter trial

Opening statements and witness testimony began Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison.
by Matt Dinger Published: November 19, 2013

Del City police Capt. Randy Trent Harrison targeted 18-year-old Dane Scott well beyond professional bounds, a prosecutor told the jury during opening statements Tuesday morning.

“An officer, in this case defendant Randy Harrison, crossed a line from legitimate use of force ... I'm going to ask you to find him guilty of manslaughter in this trial,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

“No weapon, no knife, no gun. He didn't appear to be a threat,” Prater said of Scott, who was shot in the back.

In November 2011, Harrison had arrested Scott, reportedly selling drugs near Del City High School, and the two had crossed paths on at least two other occasions.

“It was something other than professional. It became personal,” Prater said.

But defense attorney Doug Friesen told the jury, “Dane Scott is dead as a result of the choices Dane Scott made,” and that Harrison was doing his sworn duty on March 14, 2012, when an altercation turned into a deadly shooting after a police chase ended near SE 15 and Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City.

“He had to act to protect the citizens of his city,” Friesen said.

Friesen said that when Scott fled after being disarmed of a handgun, Harrison thought he was trying to pull a second gun from his pants.

“Capt. Harrison can't let him go to harm other people, so he fires another shot,” Friesen said.

And after the fatal shot was fired, Harrison kept saying “don't die on me” as he administered CPR, Friesen said.

Del City police Lt. Brad Rule, who was at the scene the day Scott was shot, said that Harrison seemed upset after the shooting.

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