Judge sets trial date for Cleveland officer accused of firing final shots in police shooting


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CLEVELAND — A trial date has been set for a Cleveland police officer accused of firing the final rounds of a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed civilians inside a car in November 2012.

A Cuyahoga County judge set an April 6 trial date during a hearing on Thursday. Thirty-year-old Michael Brelo faces two counts of felony voluntary manslaughter.

Brelo is accused of jumping on the hood of a car and firing 15 rounds through the windshield. Authorities say 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams were shot at least 20 times following a chase. Thirteen officers fired into the car that night.

Five Cleveland police supervisors have been charged with misdemeanor dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase and shooting scene. No trial date has been set for them.

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