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High-profile trial for Chicago officer who shot Laquan McDonald

Van Dyke Trial Live Blog: Defense Attorneys Show Laquan McDonald Shooting From Officer's Perspective

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Van Dyke Defense Shows 3D Recreation Tuesday

    New high-tech evidence was exposed in the Jason Van Dyke trial Tuesday. The  defense alleges the Chicago police officer was in fear for his life and the lives of his fellow officers when he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest.

    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018)

    What to Know

    • 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

    • Van Dyke entered a plea of not guilty

    Follow along live from court above and below. (NOTE: Not all witness testimony will be streamed live above. You may notice intermittent bars and pauses.)

    In a scene that looked like it was taken from a video game, jurors in Jason Van Dyke's murder trial were shown Tuesday a recreation of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, but this time from the officer's perspective. 

    The recreation was based on laser analysis of the scene and was played over police radio audio from the shooting itself. 

    According to defense attorneys, the video showed Laquan McDonald was closing the distance between himself and Van Dyke before the officer opened fire. Prosecutors have argued dashcam video shows McDonald appearing to walk away as Van Dyke shot the teen 16 times on Oct. 20. 2014. 

    Defense Recreates McDonald Shooting From Van Dyke's View

    [NATL CHI] Defense Recreates Laquan McDonald Shooting From Van Dyke's Perspective

    Jason Van Dyke's defense attorneys show jurors a recreation of the shooting of Laquan McDonald from the Chicago police officer's perspective, based on laser analysis of the scene.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018)

    This week marks the start of Van Dyke's defense in the highly-publicized trial of the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting that shook the city and the nation.

    Tuesday would have been McDonald's 21st birthday. 

      Van Dyke Attorneys Begin Their Case

      Van Dyke Attorneys Begin Their Case

      After four years, Jason Van Dyke and his attorneys are telling their version of what happened the night Laquan McDonald was killed. Van Dyke stands charged with murder, but now his legal team is offering a new theory. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

      (Published Monday, Sept. 24, 2018)

      Van Dyke was charged with six counts of first-degree murder more than a year after he shot McDonald on the city's Southwest Side. He entered a plea of not guilty. 

      Special prosecutors rested their case against Van Dyke Thursday after calling 24 witnesses over three and a half days. 

        Van Dyke's Defense Attorneys to Begin Calling Witnesses

        [CHI] Van Dyke's Defense Attorneys to Begin Calling Witnesses

        Defense attorneys for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke were expected to begin calling witnesses Monday. Sandra Torres reports. 

        (Published Monday, Sept. 24, 2018)

        Van Dyke's attorneys maintain the Chicago officer has been wrongly charged, saying he was acting within the law when he shot the teen, who at the time was an armed felon fleeing a crime scene. 

        So far in the trial, the jury saw dashcam video of the shooting, graphic autopsy images of the more than a dozen gunshot wounds on the body of 17-year-old McDonald, video recreating the shooting from Van Dyke's point of view and video showing 16 gunshots in under 14 seconds. 

        They have heard testimony from several Chicago police officers and witnesses at the scene, seen the weapon Van Dyke used, and watched as FBI specialists demonstrated the shooting. 

        Prosecution Rests in Van Dyke Trial

        Prosecution Rests in Van Dyke Trial

        The prosecution has rested in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest from the trial. 

        (Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018)

        Van Dyke has claimed he opened fire that night to protect himself and other officers. 

              16 Gunshots in 14 Seconds are 'Deliberate and Methodical'

              [NATL CHI] 16 Gunshots in 14 Seconds are 'Deliberate and Methodical': FBI Expert at Van Dyke Trial

              Jurors at Jason Van Dyke's trial watched a video Thursday showing an FBI agent shooting 16 shots in 4 seconds. In another video, the agent fired 16 shots in 14.2 seconds -- the same amount of time Van Dyke fired all 16 shots at Laquan McDonald. The FBI expert called those shots “deliberate and methodical.”

              (Published Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018)

              1:22 p.m.: Testimony concluded for the day

              12:11 p.m.: Defense video analysis shows Laquan McDonald was closing the distance between himself and Jason Van Dyke before the officer opened fire...not running away.

              11:59 a.m.: In a scene that looked like it was taken from a video game, jurors see the Laquan McDonald shooting from the perspective of Officer Jason Van Dyke. The recreation is based on laser analysis of the scene. The soundtrack is the police radio audio.

              Van Dyke Trial Continues on Day 3

              Van Dyke Trial Continues on Day 3

              Jurors spent the third day of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke's murder trial looking at graphic autopsy images showing the more than a dozen gunshot wounds on the body of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

              (Published Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018)

              11:50 a.m.: For the first time, jurors see recreated images of Jason Van Dyke’s perspective of the shooting of Laquan McDonald.

              10:17 a.m.: Judge rules that allegedly stolen CTA card recovered from Laquan McDonald’s body cannot be used as evidence because the chain of custody is unclear.

              9:33 a.m.: Community organizer Will Calloway calls for a gang truce to honor Laquan McDonald. “I want to ask all the gangs throughout Chicago...everybody put the guns downs and join our fight for social justice.”

              Day 2: Van Dyke Murder Trial Continues

              Day 2: Van Dyke Murder Trial Continues

              The second day of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke's murder trial heard testimony from fellow officers, including Joseph Walsh, who was Van Dyke's partner on the night he shot teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

              (Published Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018)

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