BART officer murder case delayed
March 24, 2009
OAKLAND, Calif. ” The case against a Bay Area transit police officer accused of murdering an unarmed man has been postponed following the unrelated killings of three Oakland police officers.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay on Monday delayed the scheduled preliminary hearing for former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle.
Mehserle has pleaded not guilty to murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was fatally shot at an Oakland BART station early New Year’s Day. Mehserle was arrested at a Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe home a few days later without incident.
Clay cited the slayings of the officers Saturday in pushing back the hearing until May 18.
Tension between police and the community has risen steadily since Grant’s shooting.
Grant’s family said they were not pleased with the delay.