A trial date set for officer charged with murdering Laquan McDonald

posted by Joe Soto - 

A trial date has been set for the Chicago police officer charged with murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery.

He will face trial Sept. 5, a Cook County judge announced Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether Van Dyke will seek a jury or bench trial. Defense attorney Dan Herbert has long sought to move the trial out of Cook County, arguing that potential jurors will have been tainted by citywide protests and extensive media coverage of the case. No ruling has been made in that matter; a hearing to review a change-of-venue motion is slated for Aug. 3.

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