CLEVELAND – A Cleveland policeman charged in the fatal 137-bullet shooting of two unarmed suspects wants a judge instead of a jury to decide his fate next month.
Michael Brelo is accused of firing the final 15 shots into a car at the end of a high-speed pursuit in November 2012. He's charged with voluntary manslaughter. His attorneys filed a motion for a bench trial on Sunday.
A hearing on Brelo's motion has been scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Criminal defendants in Ohio are entitled to have their charges decided by judges or juries. More than 100 people were expected to be summoned and questioned for Brelo's jury selection.
Thirteen police officers fired the 137 shots into the car.
Brelo has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin April 6.