OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A judge has rejected a request to dismiss manslaughter charges against a white Del City police captain accused in the shooting death of a black teenager.
Attorneys for Randy Harrison sought to have the charges dismissed, but a judge denied that request Friday. Trial is set for April 8.
Harrison is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the March 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. An affidavit says Harrison was trying to arrest Scott after a car chase and managed to take a handgun from the teen during a struggle. Harrison fatally shot Scott in the back.
The shooting came just a few weeks after the death of Trayvon Martin. Harrison's attorney has said publicity from that case and others created a "perfect storm" against his client.
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