Officer in Otto Zehm case requests change of venue for trial

Officer in Otto Zehm case requests change of venue for trial

Officer in Otto Zehm case requests change of venue for trial

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 10:38 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The attorney for a Spokane police officer charged with using unreasonable force in the death of a mentally disabled man wants the upcoming federal trial moved.

  According to other media outlets, Attorney Carl Oreskovich contends there has been so much media coverage of the case that Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. cannot get a fair trial.
   Thompson is charged with using unreasonable force and lying to investigators fol

lowing the 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm at a convenience store. Thompson entered the store and used a baton to strike Zehm, who was holding a 2-liter soda bottle.


   Trial is set to begin Oct. 12.

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