Trial date set for Montgomery officer charged with murder

Trial date set for Montgomery officer charged with murder
Officer Aaron Cody Smith will go on trial in August for the Feb. 2015 death of Gregory Gunn. (Source: Montgomery County Jail)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set a trial date for a police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in Montgomery, Alabama.

A court order released Thursday says Aaron Cody Smith will go on trial Aug. 13. A hearing in the case is set for a few days earlier.

Smith is charged in the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Greg Gunn, who authorities say was walking in his neighborhood when Smith shot him. The confrontation began when the officer stopped Gunn shortly after 3 a.m.

Smith's attorney says the officer is innocent. The defense has portrayed the white officer as a victim of racial prejudice since Montgomery is mostly black and the man who was killed was black.

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