HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a man during a mental health call doesn’t want prosecutors to refer to the dead person as a victim.
An attorney for Huntsville police officer William Darby made the request in a motion filed Wednesday. The defense contends that allowing prosecutors to refer to Jeffery Parker as a “victim” would inflame the jury and make it sound like the officer is guilty.
Prosecutors did not immediately respond to the motion. Darby’s trial is set to begin May 3.
Authorities say Parker was shot while holding a gun to his own head.