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The trial of the ex-cop who shot and killed Andre Hill has been set

An Ohio judge has scheduled the trial for March 7 for the former cop who shot and killed Andre Hill. Hill, 47-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white officer Adam Coy on December 22, as he and another o

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An Ohio judge has scheduled the trial for March 7 for the former cop who shot and killed Andre Hill.

Hill, 47-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by white officer Adam Coy on December 22, as he and another officer responded to a report that a man was idling in his vehicle and continuously turning the engine on and off. When Coy arrived at the scene, Hill had nothing in his hand except a cellphone, and he walked toward the officer with nothing but the cellphone. After the shooting, he turned off his bodycam.

Upon learning of Hill’s death, Coy was dismissed from the Columbus Police Department and subsequently charged with murder, reckless homicide, two counts of desertion, and two counts of criminal assault. In response to the charges, he pleaded not guilty.

Following Hill’s death, city officials stated in May that they would pay his family a $10 million compensation. It will be the most the city has ever agreed to pay for a death. “It is clear that the Hill family’s situation will never be resolved because of the former officer’s actions,” said Zach Klein, the city attorney. In spite of the fact that no amount of money can ever bring Andre Hill back home to his family, we believe that this is a step in the right direction.

Judge Stephen McIntosh of Franklin County ruled that the trial would be held in Columbus. As a result of widespread coverage of the shooting on local and national media, Mark Collins argued the case should be relocated. Publicity will prevent an impartial jury from being selected for the case, he said.

The assistant Ohio attorney general objected to the motion though, arguing that, contrary to what Pierson alleges, there is no reason to assume that individuals elsewhere in the country were less likely to have heard about the case than the Columbus population.

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