Attorney in Russian Roulette St. Louis officer case wants a new judge

1 year 5 months 3 days ago Tuesday, February 05 2019 Feb 5, 2019 Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:52:00 PM CST February 05, 2019 in News
By: Wesley Weglarek, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS - According to KSDK, the attorney representing the St. Louis Police officer charged with killing his friend and fellow officer in a Russian Roulette-style shooting is requesting a new judge.

In a motion filed Monday, the defense team for officer Nathaniel Hendren, argues Judge David Roither has already "pre-determined the outcome of the case" due to the bias against their client.

The motion alleges that during a hearing last week, Roither stated in court that he is an avid hunter and has taken gun safety courses. It also alleges Roither said he does not like the "...defense counsel has referred to this as an accident."

KSDK reports the defense team affirms they never called the incident an accident and that Roither was referring to reports from the media.

The motion also alleges that Roither "...went on to state his opinion on the allegations, as if his opinions were facts," including stating that "it was not an accident when the defendant pulled the trigger." 

Roither increased Hendren's bond amount from $50,000 cash-only to $100,000 but allowed Hendren to post 10 percent to be released, according to the motion.

The officer is charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in connection to the Jan. 24 shooting death of fellow St. Louis Police Officer Katlyn Alix, 24.

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