PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Attorneys representing a white former Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a black man after a confrontation over a dirt bike are asking for jurors to be selected from another county.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 36-year-old Ryan Pownall’s attorneys argue that what they called an “avalanche of inflammatory media attention” has made a fair trial before a panel chosen from the city impossible. Prosecutors argue that media coverage wouldn’t preclude selecting an impartial jury.
Pownall was charged with a general count of homicide in the June 2017 death of 30-year-old David Jones, who was shot in the back as he fled. A judge reduced the charge to third-degree murder. Pownall, who was fired after the shooting, was the first on-duty Philadelphia officer charged with homicide since 1999.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com
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