Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Jason Van Dyke, Police Officer Accused Of Shooting Laquan Macdonald, Elects For Jury Trial

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Jason Van Dyke leaves his trial

Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of Laquan Macdonald announced this morning that he would proceed with a jury trial reports the Chicago Tribune.

While the choice was allowed to be made as late as the swearing on of the 12th juror, which happened today, it is very rare for this decision to be left so late. Van Dyke and his lawyers had mulled over the decision for several weeks, but had a deadline of Friday morning to decide, finally settling on a jury trial.

The defense had originally requested to move the trial away from Chicago which Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan had declined to rule on until all 12 jurors and five alternates were selected. That led the defense to take the decision on whether to have a jury trial as late as possible and by going with a jury trial it now seems that the trial will continue in the city.

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Jason Van Dyke, Police Officer Accused Of Shooting Laquan Macdonald, Elects For Jury Trial