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Cope trial temporarily suspended over judge issue

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On trial: Christopher Cope (Source: Shreveport Police Department) On trial: Christopher Cope (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of shooting and killing a Shreveport police officer has been halted while an appeal is heard over what judge should be presiding over the trial.

According to the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal has stayed all proceedings in the capital murder trial of Christopher Cope, in order to give Cope's defense attorneys time to seek appellate review of Judge John Mosley's order affirming the transfer of the case from Judge Mike Pitman to Judge Scott Crichton.

Judge Pitman, who has heard the case for the past two years, recently asked to be replaced. Judge Crichton was then appointed and approved to take over the case. The defense objected to the change in judges and there was a hearing in front of Judge John Mosely, who denied their motion to set aside the change in judges.

Jury selection had just gotten underway on Monday afternoon when it was halted by the Second Circuit Court of Appeal. A ruling on the issue is expected this week.

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