Closing arguments begin in Spokane officer's trial
Sunday, October 30, 2011
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Closing arguments are under way in Yakima in the trial of a Spokane police officer accused of using excessive force in the 2006 death of a mentally ill man.
Officer Karl Thompson is charged with violating the civil rights of 36-year-old Otto Zehm during an encounter in a convenience store and lying about the encounter afterward to investigators.
Thompson has pleaded not guilty.
The trial was moved from Spokane to Yakima due to pretrial publicity.