COLUMBUS, Ohio – A judge is weighing arguments for and against bringing an 82-year-old suspect to trial in the nonfatal shooting of an Ohio police officer almost 45 years ago.
Defendant Charles Hays was indicted but never prosecuted following the shooting as the case fell through the cracks.
Columbus police officer Niki Cooper was hit in the left arm in March 1972 when he and his partner interrupted a burglary.
Cooper never regained full use of the injured limb. He died just over three years ago at age 71.
Hays' lawyer says reopening the case would violate Hays' constitutional speedy trial rights.
The Franklin County prosecutor says Hays, who lives in Dayton, never waived his right to a speedy trial.
Franklin County Judge Guy Reece scheduled a hearing for Tuesday.