6 potential grand jurors in Tulsa sheriff's probe excused

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Posted: Jul 20, 2015 2:27 PM
6 potential grand jurors in Tulsa sheriff's probe excused

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Six potential grand jurors called to investigate an Oklahoma sheriff and his agency have been excused by a judge after expressing concerns they couldn't serve on the panel.

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale met privately in court with 26 residents Monday who expressed concerns they couldn't serve.

Nightingale later released for the day a pool of nearly 60 jurors called to consider whether Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether reserve deputies were afforded special treatment after donating to the sheriff's office.

A bailiff for Nightingale says the judge will begin questioning potential jurors Tuesday.

A petition drive calling for the grand jury began after ex-deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris on April 2. A memo that was leaked weeks later questioned Bates' training.