PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Four men have been ordered to stand trial on charges stemming from the death of a Philadelphia police officer shot as police were trying to serve a warrant earlier this year.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 22-year-old Hassan Elliott, accused of being the gunman, and three co-defendants were ordered held for trial Wednesday on charges including murder, conspiracy, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, and weapons offenses.
Their preliminary hearing began last month but was cut short when one of the defense attorneys went into labor inside the courtroom. Elliot is also charged in the 2019 slaying that sent officers to the home with an arrest warrant as well as in a December shooting in the same neighborhood.
The first officer who entered the home in the Frankford neighborhood March 13 testified that he loudly announced that police were there to serve a warrant but officers were fired upon almost immediately as they climbed the