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Officer’s Trial In Nightclub Slaying Delayed Again

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BALTIMORE (AP) — The trial of a Baltimore police officer charged with shooting an unarmed man to death outside a nightclub has been postponed a second time.

Officer Gahiji Tshamba had been scheduled for trial Monday, but online court records show it is now set for May 31. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the June slaying of Tyrone Brown, an Iraq war veteran.

Tshamba is being held without bail. Police say he fired 13 shots at Brown, 32, from his department-issued handgun, hitting Brown 12 times. Tshamba’s attorneys don’t dispute that he shot Brown but say he was acting as a police officer. They say Tshamba saw Brown grope a woman and decided to intervene, and the situation escalated from there.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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