ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A federal decide is scheduled to listen to arguments on whether or not Virginia prosecutors can carry manslaughter fees in opposition to two U.S. Park Law enforcement officials accused of fatally taking pictures an unarmed motorist in 2017.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Lawyer Steve Descano obtained indictments final 12 months in opposition to officers Alejandro Amaya and Lucas Vinyard within the taking pictures loss of life of Bijan Ghaisar, 25, of McLean, after a stop-and-go chase on the George Washington Memorial Parkway close to the nation’s capital.
Descano indicted the pair after the Justice Division opted in opposition to submitting prison fees.
However the officers are searching for to have the case faraway from state jurisdiction, citing their standing as federal officers.
Descano and Virginia Lawyer Basic Mark Herring filed joint briefs arguing that the native prosecution ought to be allowed to proceed.
After months of inaction, a listening to is scheduled for Friday morning in U.S. District Court docket in Alexandria in entrance of Choose Claude Hilton.
Ghaisar’s household has lengthy decried the years of inaction by federal prosecutors; they are saying justice calls for that the officers be held accountable.
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