Officer charged in fatal shooting seeks different jury pool
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a white Nashville police officer who fatally shot an armed black man from behind in July 2018 are arguing jurors should be picked from outside the area for his murder trial.
In Nashville criminal court Wednesday, the defense for Officer Andrew Delke cited video released of the shooting of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick, media coverage and a survey of the jury pool to contend Delke’s fair trial rights are at risk with Nashville jurors.
The prosecution argued there are fair and impartial jurors in Nashville.
The judge expects to rule on the issue within two weeks.
The defense has argued Delke followed his training and state law in shooting after he saw Hambrick had a gun. Prosecutors have said Delke could have sought cover and called for help.