Hearing for accused Philly ex-cop Ryan Pownall delayed as lawyers clash

September 19, 2018
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner speaks during a press conference to announce the charges being brought against former Philadelphia Police Officer Ryan Pownall at his office on 3 S. Penn Square on Tuesday, Sept. 04, 2018.

By Staff

A preliminary hearing to present evidence against former Philadelphia Police officer Ryan Pownall, charged last month with murdering a suspect after a traffic stop in 2017, was postponed Wednesday as prosecutors and his defense lawyers clashed over whether they needed the proceeding or could move straight to a trial.

Pownall, 36, was not in the Criminal Justice Center courtroom — one packed with officers and supporters — and remains jailed without bail on criminal homicide and related charges. He is the first Philadelphia officer in nearly two decades to face charges over an on-duty shooting.

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