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Jason Van Dyke's Lawyers Opt for Jury Trial

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    Van Dyke Opts for Jury Trial

    12 jurors will decide the fate of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and opening statements will begin next week. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup sets the stage for one of the biggest trials in Chicago's recent history. 

    (Published Friday, Sept. 14, 2018)

    What to Know

    • The final jurors in the case were selected Thursday, but the 12th juror and five alternate jurors have not yet been sworn in

    • The judge has not yet ruled on motions filed by Van Dyke's defense team aiming to move the trial outside of Cook County

    • Van Dyke is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald nearly four years ago

    Follow along live from the courtroom below.

    Defense attorneys announced Friday they have decided to have a jury hear the high-profile murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

    Several parts of the trial hinged on the decision following days of jury selection. 

    The final jurors in the case were selected Thursday, but the 12th juror and five alternate jurors were not sworn in as Judge Vincent Gaughan gave defense attorney Dan Herbert a day to decide whether or not they wanted a bench or a jury trial. 

    Van Dyke Jury Selection Continues Wednesday

    Van Dyke Jury Selection Continues Wednesday

    NBC 5's Christian Farr reports the latest on the Van Dyke Trial.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018)

    Gaughan has not yet ruled on motions filed by Van Dyke's defense team aiming to move the trial outside of Cook County due to extensive news coverage of the shooting, a topic the larger-than-usual pool of 200 potential jurors were believed to be questioned on. Gaughan said he would not rule on the change of venue request until the full jury has been sworn in.

    Gaughan also denied a request by Van Dyke's defense team seeking to dismiss the current jury panel because prospective jurors had to pass protesters who held signs that said their client had been "guilty of racist murder." The judge said the jurors selected did not indicate they were intimidated by protesters outside the courthouse.  

    Court was expected to resume Monday.

    Lawyers, Judge Question Potential Jurors in Van Dyke Trial

    [CHI] Lawyers, Judge Question Potential Jurors in Jason Van Dyke Trial
    Potential jurors faced a series of questions from attorneys and a judge Monday, with four being seated so far in the high-profile murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Christian Farr reports.
    (Published Monday, Sept. 10, 2018)

    Van Dyke is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald nearly four years ago.

    The Chicago police officer was captured on dashcam video shooting 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.

    Lawyers to Question Potential Jurors in Jason Van Dyke Trial

    [CHI] Lawyers to Question Potential Jurors in Jason Van Dyke Trial

    Jury selection was slated to being Monday in the high-profile murder trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Susan Carlson reports.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 10, 2018)

    In August 2016, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson recommended Van Dyke's firing to the Chicago Police Board, who halted the proceedings until the criminal case against Van Dyke was complete. He remains suspended from the department without pay.

    9:40 a.m.: Jason Van Dyke’s attorney wanted the current jury dismissed because they had to walk past the protests while entering court this week. Judge Gaughan denied that request.

    9:16 a.m.: Judge Gaughan says that the jurors who were chosen, never indicated that they were intimidated by the protesters in front of the courthouse.

    Judge Rules Against Van Dyke in Hearing

    Van Dyke Back Home After Hearing Nearly Sends Him Back to Jail

    The judge in the Jason Van Dyke case raised his bail, just days before he is set to go on trial in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. NBC 5's Christian Farr has the latest on the situation. 

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018)

    9:13 a.m.: Judge Gaughan will not rule on Change of Venue motion until the full jury has been sworn in.

    9:10 a.m.: It will be a jury trial for Jason Van Dyke

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