Tulsa deputy pleads not guilty to manslaughter, takes Bahamas vacation (VIDEO)

Robert Bates, the Tulsa County deputy who killed a suspect during an illegal gun selling sting earlier this month when he “inadvertantly” fired his handgun instead of his taser pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter, and is headed out for a previously planned vacation to the Bahamas after the judge agreed to postpone his hearing until July 2.

Although Dan Smolen, the lawyer respresenting the family of Eric Harris, wasn’t surprised by Bates pleading not guilty, the idea of him going on vacation isn’t one that’s sitting well with the prosecution.

“Whether intended or not, Mr. Bates’ vacationing in the Bahamas at this time sends a message of apathy with respect to the shooting and Eric’s life,” Smolen said. “At a time when we are still mourning the death of a loved one that he shot down in the street, Mr. Bates will be relaxing and enjoying his wealth and privilege.”

[NBC News]