Judge May Throw Out Indictment of Cop Who Shot Unarmed Teen

Concerns about grand jury instructions


BRONX SUPREME COURT — A judge may throw out the indictment of the NYPD officer who shot and killed Ramarley Graham, based on a concern about the way the grand jury was instructed by the Bronx District Attorney's office.

Supreme Court Justice Steven L. Barrett, after reviewing the grand jury minutes in the indictment of NYPD officer Richard Haste, said Tuesday that he is worried lawyers from the Bronx District Attorney's office told jurors they did not have to consider what other officers told Haste before Haste made the decision to fire the shot that killed the unarmed 18-year-old.

Lawyers for Haste have said he was repeatedly told by fellow officers they believed Graham had a gun. However, no gun was found on Graham.