Van Dyke returns to court for first time since conviction in Laquan McDonald case

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CHICAGO —  Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has returned to court for the first time since a jury found him guilty in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke wore a yellow prison jumpsuit Wednesday as a judge set a Dec. 14 court date to hear motions. No sentencing date has been set.

Van Dyke's lawyers filed motions asking for a new trial and to have the verdict tossed out. They argue that there wasn't enough evidence for a conviction.

A jury convicted the white officer on Oct. 5 of one count of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each time he shot the black 17-year-old.

Legal experts say it's unclear how long Van Dyke's sentence can or must be.


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