CRIME

Indicted cop says he can't remember jumping on hood of suspects' car before shooting them

  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file forensics photo released by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, bullet holes are visible on the windshield and hood of a Chevy Malibu peppered by gunshots after a high-speed chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed suspects. Patrolman Michael Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Office of the Ohio Attorney General, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2012 file forensics photo released by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, bullet holes are visible on the windshield and hood of a Chevy Malibu peppered by gunshots after a high-speed chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed suspects. Patrolman Michael Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Office of the Ohio Attorney General, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, left, sits with attorney Tom Shaughnessy during an administrative hearing in Cleveland. Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a high-speed chase in November 2012. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, suspended Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo, left, sits with attorney Tom Shaughnessy during an administrative hearing in Cleveland. Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a high-speed chase in November 2012. His trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department shows Timothy Russell, one of two unarmed people killed in a hail of gunshots following a high-speed chase in November 2012. Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Russell and Malissa Williams. Brelo's trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department shows Timothy Russell, one of two unarmed people killed in a hail of gunshots following a high-speed chase in November 2012. Cleveland Police patrolman Michael Brelo faces two voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of Russell and Malissa Williams. Brelo's trial is scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, 2015 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Cleveland police officer's trial in the deaths of two unarmed suspects who were killed in a salvo of 137 shots fired is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Cleveland.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams after a high-speed chase in November 2012. A judge — not a jury — will decide the case. Brelo faces a maximum sentence of 25 years if convicted.

Thirteen officers fired at the suspects' car that night but only Brelo was charged criminally because prosecutors said he jumped on the hood of the suspects' car and fired his final 15 rounds four seconds after other officers had stopped firing.

Brelo's attorneys have argued that all 49 shots Brelo fired that night were lawful.