In Van Dyke trial, court adjourns early Monday due to sick juror


Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke during his murder trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (Antonio Perez/pool/Chicago Tribune)

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CHICAGO — Before any witnesses could take the stand Monday in the Jason Van Dyke trial, Judge Vincent Gaughan announced court would adjourn for the day about 9:30 a.m. due to a sick juror.

Court is expected to resume Tuesday morning at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave.

Van Dyke, 40, is charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014.

Defense attorneys last week called their first witnesses, including a doctor who said McDonald took PCP the day he died and an ER surgeon who said a bullet to McDonald's chest likely killed him within minutes.

A police academy trainer testified that Van Dyke was trained to shoot rapidly and immediately reload his gun. An officer on the scene the night of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting said McDonald looked "deranged."


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