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