A Michigan judge is due to announce Monday whether the white former police officer who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya, a black, in Grand Rapids earlier this year, will stand trial for the murder.
State District Court Judge Nicholas Ayoub “will prepare a written opinion, and I will present it to the court on Monday morning at 10 a.m.,” he said Friday after a preliminary review hearing to determine whether there were sufficient probable grounds for the case to go to a jury. .
Lyoya’s last moments were captured in videos made public. His death, like that of other unarmed black men at the hands of police, sparked protests, with protesters chanting “Justice for Patrick”.
Former Grand Rapids Police Department officer Christopher Schurr shot Lyoya in the back of the head during a scuffle on April 4 as he tried to arrest him after a traffic stop.
Schurr is charged with second degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. He was “justified in his use of force”, argued his lawyer Mark Dodge.
He was fired about two months after the encounter.
Lyoya had three outstanding warrants and a revoked driver’s license when he fled the traffic stop, and an autopsy revealed his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.