- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A police officer charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of a motorist after a traffic stop in central Pennsylvania has waived a preliminary hearing.

Authorities in Dauphin County allege that Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick twice in the back on Feb. 2 as he lay face-down.

Attorneys have been sparring over release of a video from a camera mounted on a stun gun, which District Attorney Edward Marisco Jr. called the strongest evidence in the case. He had said the video would be shown if a preliminary hearing was held.

Defense attorney Brian Perry has argued that releasing the video would be inflammatory and could taint the jury pool. A hearing on his motion to bar release of the video is scheduled for Tuesday.



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