DINWIDDIE (AP) A judge has ruled that a man accused of killing a Virginia State Police trooper cannot have his capital murder trial delayed because of the Dallas shooting in which five officers died last week.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Dinwiddie County Judge Paul Cella on Monday denied the defense’s request to postpone the trial of 31-year-old Russell E. Brown III. Jury selection for the trial began after Cella’s decision.
The defense had argued that widespread news coverage of the killings in Dallas has “(influenced) the environment” of the trial. Cella said the shooting was irrelevant to Brown’s trial.
Brown faces six felony counts, including capital murder. He is charged with fatally shooting 63-year-old Trooper Junius A. Walker in the officer’s police cruiser on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County on March 7, 2013.