MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A Montgomery judge says extra security is unnecessary in the case against a white police officer charged with fatally shooting a black man.
Officer Aaron Smith on Wednesday sat quietly between his two attorneys as the court considered several motions.
Smith attorney Mickey McDermott says he filed a motion for extra security as a "necessary precaution" due to threats against Smith. But in court, the lawyer agreed with Judge Jimmy Pool that existing courthouse security was adequate.
Smith was arrested less than a week after police say he fatally shot Greg Gunn in February. The district attorney says he found probable cause to justify Smith's charges. Smith returns to court next week for a probable cause hearing. An investigation is ongoing.