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Cuyahoga County dismisses charges against Cleveland police supervisors in deadly chase

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CLEVELAND- A Cuyahoga County judge dismissed charges against five Cleveland police supervisors in the 2012 deadly chase and shooting.

Cleveland police supervisors chargedRandolph Daley, Michael Donegan, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens and Paul Wilson are charged with dereliction of duty.

The Nov. 29, 2012 chase began in downtown Cleveland and ended behind an East Cleveland middle school. Police fired 137 shots, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Continuing coverage of the 2012 deadly police chase here

Common Pleas Judge Judge O'Donnell issued his ruling on Friday, saying "regardless of the outcome of the motion to dismiss, the defendants will be subjected to trial."

The five supervisors were set to go to trial in Cuyahoga County on Monday, but this decision makes way for a new trial in East Cleveland.

Fox 8 has reached out to the officers' attorneys, the prosecutor's office and the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Union for comments on the ruling.

Attorney Mark A. Stanton, from the law firm Short, Shepherd & Stanton, who is representing Paul Wilson released the following statement, "While my client and I respect Judge John O'Donnell, we respectively disagree with the ruling. I am going to strongly encourage my client to appeal that ruling."

Jason Edens' attorney, David L. Grant, of Grant & O'Malley Co., L.P.A., told FOX 8, "We are disappointed. We believe the state has to show 'just cause' to dismiss the case and we don't believe they did that. We expect to file an appeal."

In May,  Judge O'Donnell found Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter related to the chase.