CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has denied defense requests for directed acquittals in the trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying about the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson on Tuesday evening rejected the defense contention that prosecutors failed to prove their case. Stephenson is hearing the case in a bench trial, without a jury.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny And Breezy Tuesday
Prosecutors earlier Tuesday rested their case after a witness read emails that they contend suggest the officers’ superiors were intent on protecting the white police officer who fired the fatal shots. The emails between a lieutenant and sergeant are part of prosecutors’ attempt to show a widespread effort to protect Jason Van Dyke.
But none of the emails were to or from the three officers charged with official misconduct, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.READ MORE: As Bucktown's Remedy Bar Reopens After 5 Months, Call Mounts For Increase To 50% Capacity For Chicago Bars And Restaurants
The trial resumes Thursday.
Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in October.MORE NEWS: Doctors Say Newly-Approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Game-Changer
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