Ruling date changed for officers allegedly involved in Tommie McGlothen’s death

Officers Brian Ross, James McClare, Treona McCarter and D’Marea Johnson were set to go to trial...
Officers Brian Ross, James McClare, Treona McCarter and D’Marea Johnson were set to go to trial in December 2021; however, all four officers waived their right to a jury trial.
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 8:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2022 at 5:46 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Four Shreveport police officers charged in the in-custody death of Tommie McGlothen Jr. could have those charges dropped.

Officers Brian Ross, James McClare, Treona McCarter and D’Marea Johnson were set to go to trial in December 2021; however, all four officers waived their right to a jury trial. Instead, a judge will decide each of their fates.

The hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. today at the Caddo Parish Courthouse on Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. At the hearing, the judge made the decision to rule on whether or not to dismiss the charges on Feb. 3. As of now, no trial date has been set.

Last year, the officers were indicted on charges of negligent homicide and malfeasance in office.

Prosecutors claim excessive force was used against McGlothen in 2020 and the officers failed to get him proper medical attention. Lawyers for the officers filed motions in Dec. 2021 asking the judge to dismiss all charges in the case.

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