Hearing Friday For Bay Area Transit Cop Charged In Shooting Of Unarmed Man
The white Bay Area Rapid Transit officer charged in the shooting of an unarmed African-American man will get his first hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday morning.
Johannes Mehserle is expected to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court downtown for a pretrial hearing that will foreshadow the shooting trial, which was moved from Alameda County to Los Angeles in October over concerns that the cop would not get a fair trial in the Bay Area, where he has side of the story hasn't played to well in the media.
The New Year's Day, 2009 shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant at an Oakland BART platform was caught on tape and became a YouTube sensation.
The 27-year-old officer's attorney has argued that Mehserle had meant to pull out his Taser and fire a charge at the suspect, who was allegedly resisting arrest, but instead he accidentally shot him with his service handgun.
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Mehserle, charged with murder, has pleaded not guilty.
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