By Harrison Grimwood
A man was found not guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in connection with a fatal shooting at the Somerset Park at Union apartments in 2017.
A jury acquitted Devonte Spivey, 24, on the murder count but convicted him on several drug charges and fined him up to $2,000.
Mike Manning, one of Spivey’s lawyers, said Tulsa police detectives used interrogation techniques to extract a false confession.
“This was a situation that is common in America where you have police departments using tactics … in order to get admissions and confessions from innocent people, and I think the jury — all the credit to the jury — they saw right through it,” Manning said.
“In this case, we had multiple lies told to this guy to get him to say the things he said, and that’s what was used to try and prosecute him for a murder he did not commit.”
Spivey was accused of fatally shooting Elijah John Winston, 22, on Sept. 26, 2017, at the Somerset Park at Union apartments, located near 65th Street and Mingo Road.
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