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Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit In John Crawford Walmart Shooting Case Postponed

Feb 4, 2019

A trial set to begin Feb. 4 over the 2014 shooting death of John Crawford at a Beavercreek Walmart store has been delayed until the fall.

A federal judge postponed the trial after Beavercreek Police Officer Sean Williams filed an appeal.

Officer Williams -- who is white -- shot Crawford -- who was black -- as Crawford held an unloaded pellet gun in the Walmart sporting goods department.

Officer Williams was never charged.

The federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Crawford’s family is now expected to go to trial in late October.

Michael Wright, the Crawford family's attorney, says, unlike Williams, the city of Beavercreek and the city's police chief cannot file an appeal until after the upcoming trial is completed.