Preview: Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Van Dyke Trial

Judge set to rule on change of venue motion in Jason Van Dyke trial

Rob Hart
September 17, 2018 - 9:38 am
Jason Van Dyke

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Opening statements began Monday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, with an major decision marking its start.

Almost four years have passed since Jason Van Dyke shot and killed 17 year old Laquan McDonald near 41st and Pulaski. Van Dyke fired sixteen shots.  Officers initially said McDonald charged at them with a knife.

Van Dyke, 40, was charged with murder in November 2015.  Late last week his legal team decided to move forward with a jury trial. 

But over the weekend, protestors held a rally because they say the jury did not reflect the racial makeup of Cook County.  There's only one African American on the jury.

Judge Vincent Gaughan is expected to issue a decision on the defense team’s request to move the trial out of Cook County. Van Dyke’s attorneys have asked the court for months to move the trial because of the high-publicity the case has received.

Court began at 9 a.m. Monday.

Judge Gaughan was expected to swear in the jury and issue a decision on the change of venue request.

UPDATE: As of 9:42 a.m. judge denies defense's motion to change location of Jason Van Dyke trial.