TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A grand jury has been seated to investigate whether Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz neglected his duties and whether reserve deputies who gave gifts to the agency were given special treatment.
A petition drive calling for the grand jury was prompted by the April 2 fatal shooting of an unarmed man by ex-volunteer deputy Robert Bates.
Tulsa County District Court Administrator Vicki Cox says the grand jury was seated Tuesday after District Judge Rebecca Nightingale questioned potential jurors about their ability to serve. A total of 12 grand jurors and three alternates were selected out of a pool of 51 potential jurors
Bates is a close friend of Glanz's, has donated thousands of dollars in cash, cars and equipment to the agency and was the sheriff's' campaign manager in 2012.