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[By Tashina Manyak | 7 Jul 2010 | No Comments]
Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle photographed by Oscar Grant moments before the fatal shooting. (Courtesy Los Angeles County Superior Court)

(7/7) — UPDATED 18:45 PDT — LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury restarted deliberations in the murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle Wednesday morning, but ended discussions at 11:45 a.m. because of a juror’s afternoon doctor’s appointment.

Deliberations struck a brief hiatus Tuesday when one of the jurors fell ill, canceling what was to be the first full day of reviewing evidence in the murder trial.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 2 Jul 2010 | No Comments]

(7/2) — UPDATED 16:40 PDT — LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury will now consider whether former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who fired a single, fatal shot into the back of an unarmed Oscar Grant, is guilty of murder, manslaughter or no crime at all.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 1 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments]
Proceedings are taking place on the ninth floor of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Downtown Los Angeles. (James Keith/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/1) — UPDATED 22:20 PDT — LOS ANGELES — The prosecution in the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer who shot and killed unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, urged a Los Angeles jury to convict Mehserle of second-degree murder during its closing argument today.

But the defense said the prosecution had not proven that Mehserle intended to shoot Grant beyond a reasonable doubt. “This was an accident, folks. Clear and simple,” Mehserle’s defense attorney Michael Rains said.

BART Police Shooting, Cops & Courts »

[By Tashina Manyak | 30 Jun 2010 | No Comments]

(6/30) — 10:51 PDT — LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry ruled against key defense motions today, deciding to allow the jury in the murder trial of Johannes Mehserle, the former BART Police officer who shot and killed Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009, to consider voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges during its deliberations.