Verdict reached for officer over deaths in 137-shot barrage

May 23, 2015 1:32 PM by News Staff

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge has reached a verdict in the trial of a Cleveland officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

Saturday's verdict comes after four weeks of testimony in 31-year-old Michael Brelo's trial in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Wiliiams in November 2012. Thirteen officers fired at the pair's car after a high-speed chase. Only Brelo was charged criminally because prosecutors said he waited until the car had stopped and the occupants were no longer a threat to fire 15 rounds down into the windshield while standing on its hood.

His attorneys argued and testimony showed that other officers fired during the final barrage and that prosecutors couldn't prove in what order the fatal shots were fired.

The judge's office says the verdict will be read at 10 a.m.

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