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Jason Van Dyke Case Returns to Court Thursday

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    Jason Van Dyke Case Returns to Court Thursday

    Another hearing was scheduled to take place Thursday in the case of the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald. NBC 5's Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Thursday, June 28, 2018)

    Another hearing was scheduled to take place Thursday in the case of the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

    More may be revealed about the strategy that Jason Van Dyke's defense team has in place - with the question of whether he will choose a trial by jury or a bench trial, where a judge decides his fate, still up in the air.

    Van Dyke was captured on dashcam video shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times the night of Oct. 20, 2014 on the city's Southwest Side. He was charged with six counts of first-degree murder in November 2015, and 16 counts of aggravated battery in March 2017.

    Van Dyke entered a plea of not guilty. No trial date has been set, as hearings continue at the Cook County Courthouse.

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    Van Dyke's attorneys have asked for the trial to be moved outside the Chicago area, insisting that extensive publicity on the high-profile case would make it impossible for a fair jury to be selected in Cook County.

    His legal team hired an expert to prove that point to the judge, and Thursday may bring an update from that expert.

    Attorneys for Van Dyke had also previously filed motions to dismiss murder charges against the officer, saying a grand jury "hastily" indicted him based on false information and that the shooting was in fact "justified."

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    A judge declined to dismiss the murder charges in May 2017.

    Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said in May that he'll continue sealing every court filing, keeping information on the proceedings out of public view, despite requests from news organizations that the filings be unsealed.

    Public outcry in the case sparked change at the Chicago Police Department and beyond, from the firing of then-Supt. Garry McCarthy to the electoral ousting of former State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, as well as the creation of the new Civilian Office of Police Accountability to investigate officer-involved shootings.

    Van Dyke's Statements to Review Authority Sealed by Judge

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    A Cook County judge has sealed statements made by Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer accused of shooting and killing Laquan McDonald, to an independent police review authority. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017)

    Three other Chicago police officers were also charged with multiple felonies - conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice - for allegedly attempting to prevent or shape the investigation, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said in June 2017.

    Dashcam video of McDonald's shooting was released in December 2015, sparking widespread protests that still continue at Van Dyke's court hearings.

    Van Dyke's hearing on Thursday was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

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