Officer in Laquan McDonald Case Remains Free On Bond

Mike Krauser
September 01, 2018 - 11:07 am

(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago Police officer charged with murder in the 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, remains free on bond after a judge delayed a decision to hold him in contempt of court.

A hearing has been set for next Thursday to determine bond revocation, a judge ruled in a rare Saturday hearing at 10 a.m. at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.   

A contempt hearing has been postponed until after the trial.

The ruling comes after Judge Vincent Gaughan issued a wide-ranging gag order that barred Van Dyke, lawyers for both sides, witnesses or law enforcement from speaking publicly about the case.

However, Van Dyke broke his silence Tuesday after telling the Chicago Tribune and Fox News that some media accounts of the case are wrong, and that this could be his only opportunity to express his feelings.  The special prosecutor in the case, Kane County State’s Attorney Joseph McMahon, immediately sought a contempt citation.  The officer’s attorneys said he was careful not to speak about the shooting or evidence in the case, areas which are specifically off-limits in the so-called “Decorum Order.”

Van Dyke’s family had to raise $150,000 in bail money to obtain his release pending trial.

Jury selection is to begin Wednesday.

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