Attorney: Murder trial unsafe for former Virginia officer

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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 7:40 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The attorney for a former Virginia police officer charged with murder says his client's upcoming trial will be unsafe in the wake of attacks on police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2a90oek) reports that attorney James Broccoletti filed motions to postpone next week's scheduled trial for Stephen Rankin. A judge in Portsmouth will consider the arguments on July 26, a day before the first-degree murder trial is set to start.

Broccoletti tried and failed to make a similar argument following the shootings of police officers in Dallas.

The case against Rankin stems from his fatal shooting last year of 18-year-old William Chapman II in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart. The officer was investigating a report of shoplifting when some witnesses say Chapman became combative.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com