A white police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black Pennsylvania teenager as he fled a traffic stop has waived his preliminary trial.
A lawyer representing Michael Rosfeld told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday that he can't raise an affirmative defense that the shooting was justified at the preliminary hearing. Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose on June 19 after pulling over the car he was riding in over. The East Pittsburgh officer suspected the car was connected to a drive-by shooting in a nearby town.
In Pennsylvania, judges hold preliminary hearings to decide whether enough evidence exists to hold defendants for trial.
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Rosfeld was scheduled to appear Friday but will instead be arraigned Aug. 22 and stand trial.