Verdict for Cleveland police officer charged in deadly chase and shooting could take days or weeks

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Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo sits next to his attorneys on April 28, 2015.

CLEVELAND – The verdict for Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is not expected to come Monday, but could actually take days or weeks.

In a statement from the administration at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, they said Judge John O’Donnell is not expected to make a decision as early as Monday.

The statement also said that although the case is a priority for Judge O’Donnell, he must manage the Brelo case with the other cases on his docket. He also has to take time to ensure he can go over all of the Brelo testimony and evidence accurately.

Brelo, 31, is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the 2012 police chase and shooting that left Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams dead.

On May 5, attorneys delivered their closing arguments in the month-long trial.

If convicted, Brelo faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison. Five other Cleveland officers are charged with dereliction of duty in the case.

Continuing coverage of the Michael Brelo trial here.

Below you can watch Dave Nether’s story about precautions Cleveland Metropolitan Schools are taking for their students when the verdict is announced.

The school district’s CEO Eric Gordon told parents that if they worry about their child’s safety, they can keep them home without penalty.

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