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Battle over trial date for officer involved in deadly police chase

Six Cleveland police officers facing criminal charges for the deadly 2012 police chase were back in court Wednesday. (Source: WOIO) Six Cleveland police officers facing criminal charges for the deadly 2012 police chase were back in court Wednesday. (Source: WOIO)
Officer Michael Brelo will be back in court next month. (Source: WOIO) Officer Michael Brelo will be back in court next month. (Source: WOIO)

Six Cleveland police officers facing criminal charges for the deadly 2012 police chase were back in the courtroom Wednesday.

While Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo's defense team wants a trial next year, the prosecutor's office wants a trial next month.

Brelo is charged with voluntary manslaughter, in connection to the high speed chase and shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in November 2012.

County Prosecutor Tim McGinty wants to head to trial next month. His team has shared 3,500 pages of discovery with the officer's defense team.

"This is something we are ready to go into in September, late September or early October. It's ridiculous to go into March of 2015," said McGinty.

Attorney Mark Stanton, who represents Paul Wilson, one of the five other police officers on trial for dereliction of duty, said the prosecution was changing its tune about not being willing to hand over transcripts in discovery of grand jury testimony.

"It creates a cause of an appellate court to overturn a decision. Those are their statements they intend to use and now they are backtracking and jumping over fences and hiding in bushes. Are you kidding me? These are their words," said Stanton.

Both sides will be back in court next month to give the judge an update on discovery.

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