DA releases copy of body cam video in shooting by officer that injured girl
The attorney representing former Wichita Police Officer Dexter Betts released a statement Friday afternoon.
The statement comes a day after the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office released body cam video from the day Betts is accused of shooting at a dog inside a home. The dog was not hit. A nine-year-old girl who was sitting next to the dog was struck by bullet fragments.
Betts was fired from the Wichita Police Department. He's charged with aggravated battery, a level 8 felony. Prosecutors say Betts acted unlawfully and recklessly causing bodily harm to the child.
A trial date could likely be picked on August 20th.
The attorney for the girl's family is Charley O'Hara. He says the family always wanted the video to be released.
"The family has really wanted everyone to see it and realize... and hopefully take measures so it doesn't happen again," said O'Hara.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney released a copy of the body cam footage showing the moments a now former Wichita police officer fired a shot at a family dog that injured a nine-year-old girl.
Police said Officer Dexter Betts was responding to a domestic dispute and suicidal call in the 1500 block North Gentry on December 30, 2017, when he fired two shots at a dog he believed was charging at him.
Betts missed the dog, but a bullet fragment ricocheted and struck the girl in the forehead, just above her right eye. She was treated at a local hospital and released.
The Wichita Police Department fired Betts on Jan. 25.
The former officer is charged with aggravated battery, a level 8 felony. Prosecutors say Betts acted unlawfully and recklessly causing bodily harm to the child.
Betts entered a not guilty plea in the case. His trial is set for Aug. 20.