Preview: Van Dyke Murder Trial Continues

Defense to show animated video of the shooting from Van Dyke's perspective

Rob Hart
September 24, 2018 - 7:30 am

Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The second week of defense testimony begins Monday in the murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.  

The prosecution rested last week, so the defense starts Monday. In his opening statement last week, defense attorney Dan Herbert said Officer Van Dyke was a family man who had no choice to shoot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014.

"He was a scared police officer, fearful for his life and others," Herbert said.

And that Van Dyke was protecting himself from a violent person.

"The evidence will show that in the 24-hours proceeding this, Laquan McDonald was on a wild rampage through the city," he said.

The defense said it will try to put jurors into Van Dyke's frame of mind through an animated video of the shooting from his perspective. They will also call upon experts, witnesses, and perhaps Van Dyke himself.