STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors have released video of the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma man by his bond agent — who was acquitted in the case — that shows the man asking why he was being arrested before he’s shot.
A jury found Chasity Carey not guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the Aug. 9 death of Brandon Williams. Jurors were shown the video in court.
Carey called Williams to her Stillwater office planning to revoke his bond and arrest him.
The <a target=”—blank” href=”http://www.stwnewspress.com/news/video-stillwater-bond-agent-fatal-shooting/video%E2%80%942594ae7a-26c1-11e8-9f6a-f39034407133.html”>video</a> shows Carey, her son and Williams talking before Carey closes a door. Williams stands and is told to put his hands behind his back, but refuses and asks “Why?” He then moves out of camera view.
Carey then pulls a gun from a desk and fires once, fatally striking Williams in the back. Carey testified that the shooting was self-defense.
Some have argued that Carey was “overcharged” and that a manslaughter charge might have been more appropriate. Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas said she stood by her decision to seek a first-degree murder conviction. A manslaughter charge “was not appropriate at the time of filing,” she said in a statement issued Tuesday.