Trial of Oct. 27 shooter could be set for July 2022
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Trial of Oct. 27 shooter could be set for July 2022

Prosecutors and defense attorneys submit possible schedules to court

Tree of Life building (Photograph by Jim Busis)
Tree of Life building (Photograph by Jim Busis)

Federal prosecutors submitted a timeline to U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose proposing that the trial of the man accused of murdering 11 Jews in the Tree of Life building be set for July 11, 2022.

The document was filed in U.S. District Court on Oct. 27 — exactly three years from the date of the attack, the most violent act of antisemitism in U.S. history.

Other dates on the timeline proposed by prosecutors include Nov. 15, 2021, as the deadline for all mental health testing and examination of the defendant to be completed.

Attorneys for the defense submitted their own proposed timeline, with no specific trial date listed. They did, however, submit a schedule for scores of motions, including many designed to limit the introduction of evidence, such as a motion to exclude victim impact evidence during the guilt phase of the trial.

The defense also proposed May 16, 2022, as the date to file motions regarding the scheduling of the trial, “addressing COVID-19 issues and the time needed for defense investigation.”

Defense attorneys have been trying to negotiate a plea deal avoid the death penalty. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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