Trial in janitor's death postponed to next year
June 23, 2010
SPOKANE, WA — The federal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7, according to The Spokesman-Review.
U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle on Monday reset the trial to next year after federal prosecutors objected to his ruling barring any evidence showing Otto Zehm had not committed a crime on March 18, 2006, the article stated.
According to the article, Thompson struck Zehm repeatedly with a police baton, shocked him with a Taser and several other officers helped hogtie him for about 17 minutes before Zehm stopped breathing.
The mentally ill janitor never regained consciousness and died two days later, the article noted.
Thompson faces the felony charges of using excessive force and lying to investigators about the confrontation with Zehm, who was 36, the article added.
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