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Jury Selection Complete For Chicago Cop's Murder Trial

September 13, 2018 - 7:50 pm

CHICAGO (AP) - Opening statements are expected to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white Chicago Police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald.

The final two jurors and five alternates - one more than originally planned - were selected Thursday after three days of questioning potential jurors.

The 12-person jury is composed of seven whites, three Hispanics, one Asian-American and one African-American.

One issue that remains is whether the jury or Judge Vincent Gaughan will decide Van Dyke's fate. On Thursday, the judge gave defense attorneys until Friday to announce whether they want a jury or bench trial.

Also, Van Dyke's attorneys have asked that the trial be moved because they say pretrial publicity has made it impossible for the officer to get a fair trial.

On Thursday, officials with the Chicago police officers union spoke in support of Van Dyke, saying he's a good person who was defending himself.

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