Michael Brelo Will Not Get Jury Trial; Judge O'Donnell to Decide Verdict

Michael Brelo, the lone patrol officer facing manslaughter charges in the Nov. 29, 2012, police chase and shootout, will not face a jury trial next week.

The ruling from Judge John O'Donnell answers a request put forth by Brelo earlier this week. The bench trial will begin April 6.

From O'Donnell's ruling:

"During my colloquy with Brelo I advised him of most, if not all, of the differences between a bench trial and a jury trial, and some possible pitfalls of the former. I explicitly told him that as the finder of fact I am prepared to return a verdict of guilty if the evidence proves each element of a charge (or both of them) beyond a reasonable doubt. I am persuaded that he made a knowing, intelligent and voluntary decision to waive a jury trial. Because of that, I have no basis in law to decline to allow Brelo to waive a jury and the state's March 23 objection to his jury trial waiver is overruled."

Read more here:

Ruling to Grant Michael Brelo a Bench Trial

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