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Lawyers for former Philadelphia officer Mark Dial want his murder trial moved out of the city, sources say

Former Philly officer Mark Dial wants his trial moved out of the city, sources say


Former Philly officer Mark Dial wants his trial moved out of the city, sources say

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawyers for former Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Dial, who is charged with first-degree murder, has asked a judge to move his trial out of town, sources said Thursday. The judge has not yet ruled on the request.

Dial is charged with first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and official oppression in the shooting death of Eddie Irizarry in Kensington in August 2023.

Body camera footage was seen Dial opened fire on Irizarry as he sat in a car on Willard Street in Kensington on August 14.

Officials said Dial and his partner were following Irizarry, who was apparently driving erratically. Dial and his partner got out of their police car after Irizarry drove the wrong way down Willard, a one-way street.

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Prosecutors said Dial fired five shots through the closed driver’s side window within six seconds.

Dial’s attorneys said the former Philly officer was threatened and that Irizarry held a knife in his car during the encounter. He thought he heard his partner say gun. Two knives were found in the car.

In September 2023, Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew ruled dismissed the case at a preliminary hearingciting a ‘lack of evidence’. The charges against Dial were reinstated a month later, after they were fired.

Last year, police changed their account of the shooting a day after reviewing body camera footage. Police initially said Irizarry stood outside his car and “lunged” at officers, but the footage showed Irizarry remained in the vehicle with the windows open during the shooting.

Clock face is currently held without bail.

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