Judge recuses himself in Missouri police shooting death case

Defense claimed judge had shown bias
Judge recuses himself in Missouri police shooting death case

Circuit Judge David Roither recused himself following a motion filed last week by the attorney for Officer Nathaniel Hendren. The motion said Roither’s comments at an earlier hearing suggested bias against Hendren.

Among other things, Roither said at the hearing that as a hunter he knows you “don’t point a muzzle at anything you don’t intend to shoot.”

Hendren is charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the Jan. 24 death of 24-year-old Officer Katyln Alix in Hendren’s apartment. Prosecutors say Hendren and Alix took turns pointing a gun loaded with one bullet at each other and pulling the trigger.

Alix was shot in the chest. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Hendren could get up to a decade in prison.

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