Mistrial Declared In Former Metro Police Officer Corruption Case

A mistrial has been declared in the trial of former Metro Police Officer Malik Khaalis. Judge Timothy Walmsley said the production of three different previously undiscovered pieces of evidence in the case on Thursday left him little choice if he was to guarantee Khaalis a fair trial. Khaalis is charged with Violation of Oath and Making False Statements. Judge Walmsley told the defense and prosecution that individually the delayed discovery of the evidence would not likely have prompted him to take such a step…but that the number of items just discovered prompted the decision.
There is a hearing set for Wednesday, July 22nd in the case. Judge Walmsley is issuing an order to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, The Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team and the City of Savannah to produce all files, recordings and any other evidence related to the case. If they fail to do so – the Judge says it would be viewed as Contempt of Court without a good reason given as to why they are not being produced. He also encouraged those entities to look at and perhaps streamline or overhaul the process by which they produce evidence in the future.
He has set the retrial of the case to begin on October 12th.

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