Trial date set for Cleveland officer involved in deadly police chase

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CLEVELAND – A pretrial meeting held today scheduled the trial date for Cleveland Police officer Michael Brelo for April 6.

Officer Michael Brelo was indicted on two felony charges of manslaughter for a deadly police chase back in 2012.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were killed after the deadly November 2012 chase that started at the Justice Center after an officer thought someone in the suspects car fired a shot at him.

The chase ended in East Cleveland when 13 Cleveland police officers fired 137 shots killing the two unarmed suspects.

Five supervisors are charged with dereliction of duty. All have pleaded not guilty.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said Brelo fired 49 shots at Russell and Williams. The charges against Brelo carry a mandatory prison term.

The original trial date was set for October 22, but defense attorney Pat D’Angelo said back in September 2014 that may have been too soon.

Brelo has been suspended without pay since the incident occurred.

Read more on the police chase here.

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