3 officers accused in teen beating video want trials moved
Attorneys say publicity from the case prevents a fair trial
HOUSTON — Three former police officers accused of beating a black teenage burglary suspect have asked a judge to move the venue for their upcoming trials.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Phil Bryan, Raad Hassan and Drew Ryser appeared in Harris County court Friday. A fourth ex-officer, Andrew Blomberg, was acquitted in May of a misdemeanor charge.
Attorneys for the three officers say publicity from the case and Blomberg's acquittal mean they will not get a fair trial in Harris County.
The four officers were fired and indicted in connection with the alleged beating of then-15-year-old Chad Holley.
Video of the March 2010 shows Holley on the ground surrounded by at least five officers. Police appear to kick and hit his head, abdomen and legs.
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