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Former Mansfield Officer and Convicted Killer in Court Again

MANSFIELD (Tom Bosco/Kate Liebers) -- A former police officer who was convicted of killing a woman is in trouble again.

Charles Oswalt had been out of prison for almost seven years when he was accused of starting a dispute with his neighbor. 

In 1988, while he was a Mansfield police officer, Oswalt was charged with strangling a woman in his cruiser. The woman reportedly said she fathered a son with him.

Oswalt was convicted of manslaughter, spent nearly 16 years in prison, and released in 2007.

He returned to court Thursday to face charges of trespassing and menacing. 

The charges stem from an October incident, in which a neighbor said Oswalt approached him and made threats.

The neighbor, licensed to carry a weapon, allegedly drew his gun. According to reports, Oswalt told him, "I'll catch you without that gun."

Oswalt pleaded not guilty Thursday and said he would be acting as his own attorney.

"I've had adequate experience with pro se litigation," he said. "I've went all the way to the Tenth Circuit."

The neighbor said video cameras installed outside his home captured the altercation.

The Adult Parole Authority said a conviction would not violate Oswalt's parole.

The neighbor was able to be reached for comment about the dispute.
 
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