- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A jury trial for a Virginia security guard charged with killing a man has been delayed over new information about the victim.

The Virginian-Pilot reports 23-year-old Johnathan Cromwell is charged with first-degree murder for the 2017 shooting death of 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen. His trial was set for Monday.

Cromwell’s defense attorney, Andrew Sacks, says he requested a trial delay after he received information about a hit-and-run case from 17 years ago involving Chen.

Sacks says the information may be “significant” to Cromwell’s claim that he shot Chen in self-defense.

Court documents say prosecutors gave Sacks a police report about the hit-and-run last week. Chen was arrested in the case and the charge was later dropped. The newspaper reports additional details weren’t immediately available.

New trial dates haven’t been set.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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