New developments in trial of Chicago police commander

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CHICAGO -- An unexpected move in court Wednesday by prosecutors in the case against Chicago police commander Glenn Evans as they requested and received a delay in the start of the trial.

It was scheduled to begin June 22.

Prosecutors said, "something has come up," but did not give specific details.

Apparently, the Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is conducting an investigation that may have some bearing on the case.

Commander Evans did not speak to reporters as he left the courthouse Wednesday.

The 53-year-old is accused of jamming his service weapon down the throat of suspect, Rickey Williams, and threatening to kill him back in January of 2013.

It happened while Evans was out on patrol after a recent shooting and claims to have seen Williams holding a gun while standing near a bus stop in the 500 block of East 71st Street.

No gun was ever found, but Williams' DNA was found on Evans' gun.

His attorney has argued the DNA doesn't determine whether the gun was put in his mouth or was touched by Williams during his arrest.

Commander Evans has decided not to take his chances with a jury and has asked that the judge determine his fate.

No new trial date has been set. That will be determined at a later date.


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