Trial delayed for man accused of killing SPD officer

Trial delayed again for man accused of killing SPD officer

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - UPDATE: Judge Ramona Emanuel approves defense motion to delay trial. Court returns Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss a possible change of venue.

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The man accused in the 2015 killing of a Shreveport Police Officer will finally report to court on Monday, Jan. 14.

Grover Cannon, accused fatally shooting SPD Officer Thomas LaValley in 2015, will report to court after having his trial date pushed back over the last several years.

The trial is set to start at 9 a.m.

Officer LaValley was responding to a call in the Queensborough neighborhood when he was shot multiple times in the upper body and pronounced dead at a hospital.

At that time, Cannon was already wanted for attempted second-degree murder of killing someone else back in July of 2015. In October 2015 Cannon was indicted on the charge of first degree murder by a Caddo Parish grand jury.

Canon's trial was originally set for February 2017, then moved to the summer of 2017 and then rescheduled for April 2018 and then rescheduled to July of 2018.

A back up trial date was set for August 2018. Then, a trial date was set for October 2018.

It was last delayed at LaValley's family's request. The family delayed it because the trial date conflicted with a long scheduled family event and it would prevent a significant portion of out of town family members from attending.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Cannon faces the death penalty.

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