The action Friday took place behind closed doors and without the presence of a jury, but what transpired could have big implications in the case.
As the defense gets set to begin its case, here’s what you need to know about what’s happened so far.
The Chicago cop’s defense starts Monday. The big question: Will Van Dyke take the stand is his own defense?
As expected, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan rejected a request by the defense to throw out the case.
Jurors heard more than four hours of testimony from the Cook County medical examiner about the 24 holes left in 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Joseph Walsh volunteered to step off the witness stand during cross-examination by lawyers for his former partner, Jason Van Dyke.
Jurors heard testimony from several police officers and saw the infamous shooting video again, in slow motion.
The state is focusing on the infamous video of the shooting; the defense on what led up to the shooting.
Jurors heard from two police officers who were at the scene of the shooting and saw multiple videos of the location around the time of the shooting.
Nationally, 93 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for an on-duty shooting since 2005; 33 were convicted, often of lesser charges.
Jason Van Dyke’s wife Tiffany says she hadn’t watched the infamous Laquan McDonald shooting video until about six months ago.
What you need to know about the trial that has transfixed Chicago as it starts in earnest with opening statements on Monday.
It’s a key strategic choice early in the trial for the Chicago cop, charged with murder after shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.
Four men and eight women are on the jury, with only one of them an African-American in the racially charged case. Five alternates were chosen, too.