The date of the trial has yet to be determined in the case of Richard Poplawski, 23, accused of fatally shooting three Pittsburg police officers. Allegheny County Judge Jeffrey Manning decided Wednesday that jurors should come from another county, citing “pervasive, prejudicial pretrial publicity” surrounding the case.
Manning said he’ll schedule a trial date at a March 22 pretrial conference and wants Poplawski’s public defender, Lisa Middleman, to decide whether she’ll pursue an insanity defense by that time. Middleman told the judge that forensic psychology expert witnesses need more time to review evidence and that she would “absolutely be unprepared in March to give notice” of an insanity defense. “That’s not enough time for a responsible expert to review all the materials and render an opinion,” she said. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court must select the county from which jurors will be bused to Pittsburgh for the trial.
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