CHICAGO -- The bench trial is underway for the man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer with his own weapon.
Attorneys presented their opening statements just before noon at the Criminal Courts Building. Also in the courtroom is a group of uniformed police officers showing their support for their fallen comrade, Officer Thor Soderberg.
Bryant Brewer faces 20 counts, including first degree murder and resisting arrest.
Prosecutors say Brewer got into a fight with Officer Soderberg outside an Englewood police station, grabbed the officer's gun and shot him several times.
The defense during its opening statements said their client acted in self defense and that surveillance video from that day is missing 12 minutes of crucial footage that might better show what lead to the fatal shooting.
Brewer chose a bench trial, so a judge will decide his fate.
If convicted Brewer could face natural life in prison.