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.
Chicago Police Officer Joseph McElligott told jurors Monday that police “were trying to buy time to have a Taser” to deal with McDonald.
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.
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.
Jason Van Dyke’s defense also may have to make a key decision Thursday — whether they have the jury decide his fate or the judge alone.
“It is abundantly clear that the community will riot if Van Dyke is not found guilty,” defense attorney Dan Herbert wrote in a recent court filing.
Despite protests by the defense that Van Dyke could never get a fair jury, selection moved along quickly for one of most watched cases in Chicago.
Legal experts agree that, if prosecutors are going to prove Jason Van Dyke guilty of murder, they must show he acted “without lawful justification.”
Batson motions, directed verdicts, voir dire — a guide to legal terminology expected to come up during the trial of Jason Van Dyke.