Friday, August 31, 2001

Officer Roach's trial Sept. 17

        A judge on Thursday confirmed a Sept. 17 trial date for a Cincinnati police officer accused of the fatal shooting of a fleeing, unarmed black man which led to riots in April.

        Stephen Roach, 27, awaits trial in Hamilton County Municipal Court for the April 7 shooting of Timothy Thomas, 19. Officer Roach was indicted May 7 on misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide and obstruction of official business.

        He was not required to be in court for the hearing Thursday before Judge Ralph E. Winkler and was represented by his lawyer. Officer Roach has consented to be tried without a jury.

        If convicted of both charges, Officer Roach would face up to nine months in jail and could be placed on probation.


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