Defense To Call More Witnesses In Chicago Officer's Trial

Lisa Fielding
September 25, 2018 - 7:30 am

Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool


CHICAGO (AP) — Defense attorneys will call more witnesses Tuesday as the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke resumes.

A forensic pathologist who testified Monday for the defense criticized the official autopsy results. Shaku Teas' testimony seemed to contradict what the video of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald shows. Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Teas said she believes at least 12 of the 16 shots fired by Van Dyke hit McDonald before the teen was on the ground.

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Prosecutors rested their case last week and defense attorneys started presenting theirs Monday. Besides the forensic pathologist, the defense called county juvenile detention and sheriff's department workers who testified about the teen's history of violent behavior.

It remains unclear whether Van Dyke will testify.

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