In Volusia County, a murder trial involving an alleged cop killer begins at 9 am this morning. Othal Wallace is charged with first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. Investigators say he shot Officer Jason Raynor in the head two years ago during a confrontation behind Wallace’s apartment. Raynor was wearing a body cam and didn’t immediately perish from his wounds, but ultimately died in the hospital two months later.
Opening statements will begin today as Wallace and his legal team seek to avoid a conviction and death penalty for Wallace.
The case was moved to Clay County near Jacksonville after a judge determined the case was too well-known in Volusia County, where the shooting took place.
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