Lawyers for Van Dyke sub­mit new mo­tions seek­ing to toss guilty ver­dict

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Lawyers for Ja­son Van Dyke this week tried yet again to over­turn his guilty ver­dicts on charges of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and ag­gra­vated bat­tery.

In a mo­tion filed Wed­nes­day, Van Dyke’s lawyers of­fer a fresh slate of al­leged mis­steps by trial Judge Vin­cent Gaughan, in­clud­ing Gaughan’s de­ci­sion not to al­low tes­ti­mony about the tur­bu­lent days in the life of Laquan McDon­ald be­fore he was shot by Van Dyke.

The mo­tion also claims Gaughan mis­han­dled his re­sponse to a ques­tion from jury de­lib­er­a­tions; his an­swer to ju­rors might have led them to find that at least some of the 16 shots Van Dyke fired at Laquan McDon­ald were jus­ti­fied, the mo­tion con­tends.

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