The Latest: Opening statements to begin in officer’s trial
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Chicago Police officer charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):
Opening statements are expected to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white Chicago Police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald.
The final two jurors and five alternates — one more than originally planned — were selected Thursday after three days of questioning potential jurors.
The 12-person jury is composed of seven whites, three Hispanics, one Asian-American and one African-American.
One issue that remains is whether the jury or Judge Vincent Gaughan will decide Van Dyke’s fate. On Thursday, the judge gave defense attorneys until Friday to announce whether they want a jury or bench trial.
Also, Van Dyke’s attorneys have asked that the trial be moved because they say pretrial publicity has made it impossible for the officer to get a fair trial.
The last two jurors in the murder trial of a white Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald have been selected.
The judge has now given the officer’s lawyers until Friday to decide whether they want the jury or a judge to decide the case.
Under Illinois law, Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys can demand a bench trial before the 12th juror is sworn in. The 11th and 12th jurors were picked Thursday, but Judge Vincent Gaughan told Van Dyke’s attorneys they could announce their decision Friday.
Four alternate jurors must still be picked before a jury trial can begin.
Van Dyke’s attorneys have asked that the trial be moved because they say pretrial publicity has made it impossible for the officer to get a fair trial. Gaughan hasn’t ruled on that request.