Cleveland police officer accused in deadly chase wants trial by judge not jury

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(Patrol Officer Michael Brelo in court on March 23, 2015)

CLEVELAND- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is asking for his trial on manslaughter charges to be heard only by a judge and not by a jury.

Brelo is facing charges for his role in the deaths of two suspects after a long chase in 2012.

Brelo, 31, was indicted last year on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were killed in a hail of gunfire after a high-speed chase. Brelo is accused of firing the final 15 rounds of a 137-shot barrage into the car Russell and Williams were in.

Court papers just filed show Brelo is waiving his right to a trial by jury and planning to have his case decided by Judge John O’Donnell.

The trial is scheduled for next month. But the parties will also gather for a hearing later today.

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