Pretrial hearing begins in case of teen accused of killing Officer David Crawford
The trial for a teen accused of shooting and killing a St. Petersburg police officer will start in just ten days.
Friday morning during a pretrial hearing, defense attorneys for Nicholas Lindsey Jr. fought to keep evidence out of court, such as photos of the teen on Facebook they believe would be damaging if jurors saw them.
The judge did not rule on the photos yet, but said he wants to make sure the teen has a fair trial.
The judge also said that in order for the teen to have a fair trial, he feels he must limit the number of uniformed officers in court.
Lindsey Jr. is accused of shooting and killing police officer David Crawford. The case has received a lot of media attention and dozens of officers are expected to be in court during the trial, however, the judge will only allow two uniformed officers in court at a time. Lindsey's defense attorneys agreed with the ruling.
Other police officers will be allowed to watch the trial, as long as they wear plain clothes in court.
The judge also said that anyone who wears clothing that shows support for either the defense or prosecution will not be allowed to watch the trial.
Jury selection starts March 19. The trial is expected to last at least a week.
If convicted, Lindsey Jr. could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The case is not a death penalty case because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that does not allow juveniles to be executed.
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