District Heights Cop attempted murder trial

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) --It's taken almost two years, but a Maryland cop has just gone on trial, accused of shooting a handcuffed suspect in the back.

Angry neighbors said Kalvin Kyle was running away when District Heights Police Officer Johnnie Riley when he opened fire, hitting the fleeing suspect twice. Kyle was critically injured.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are trying to pick a jury. And it is a tedious process. They want impartial jurors who are willing to judge the cop simply based on what they see and hear in the four walls of the courtroom. It is proving to be a challenge because a lot of the potential jurors heard all about this shooting back when it happened in September, 2012.

Prosecutors say Riley pulled Kyle over, suspecting the 26-year-old was riding a stolen motorcycle. They say the cop snapped handcuffs on Kyle and stuck him in the back of his car. But Kyle got out and started running down the street, his hands still cuffed behind his back.

Prosecutors say Riley chased after him, shot at him repeatedly, and critically injured him.

Prosecutors will try to convince the jury that Officer Riley is guilty of attempted murder, of first and second degree assault, of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, and two counts of misconduct in office.

Attorneys say they expect the trial to take about a week.


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