Jason Van Dyke chooses jury trial in Laquan McDonald case

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CHICAGO — Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke decided on a jury trial Friday in the Laquan McDonald case.

A motion to move the trial outside of Cook County is still pending, to be decided Monday.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan said the full jury will be sworn in Monday morning. Opening statements are expected to follow.

Lead defense attorney Dan Herbert on Friday again asked Gaughan to strike the current jury panel based on visible protests outside the courthouse that could prejudice jurors. That motion was denied.

Jury selection wrapped up Thursday with 12 jurors and five alternates selected in just three days. The 12-person jury includes eight women and four men. There are seven white people, three Hispanic, one African-American and one Asian-American.

Van Dyke, 40, is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Dashcam footage, which was released 13 months later, sparked massive protests.

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