The trial for accused cop killer Kevin Randleman has been delayed four months because of limited availability of experts.
Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone announced the delay after an hour and a half of discussion with attorneys in judge’s chambers Tuesday afternoon.
He had hoped to keep the trial on track for its January date, but experts requested by the state and the defense aren’t available to complete evaluations and reports until at least March, Tone said.
“It’s comes at no surprise to the court,” Tone said. “Not that the court’s really happy about it.”
The delay is necessary to ensure a fair trial for Randleman and for the state on behalf of the late Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn, Tone said.
Randleman is accused of shooting and killing Dunn on March 19, after the 30-year-old officer stopped him for riding a bicycle without a light.
About a dozen of Dunn’s family members and friends waited while attorneys discussed the case. A woman in support of Randleman also sat in the courtroom.
For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.