Sunday, April 15, 2001

Officer Jorg's trial delayed

        The violence sparked by the death of Timothy Thomas, an unarmed African-American fatally shot last week by a Cincinnati police officer, has pushed back the trial date of Officer Robert Jorg, now facing criminal charges in the November death of another African-American, Roger Owensby Jr., 29, of College Hill.

        Officer Jorg, 28, was supposed to go on trial in May on charges of manslaughter and assault. On Friday, the trial was continued to Oct. 22.

        The decision saddens Brenda and Roger Owensby Sr., the College Hill couple who want a sense of closure in the death of their son.

        “We want the trial to start. As long as there's fairness and the full truth comes out, we can accept it,” Mr. Owensby said. “But at this rate, we're never going to have any peace.”

        Officer Jorg's attorney, R. Scott Croswell, asked for the trial delay last week. The nation's focus on African-Americans who have died in conflicts with Cincinnati police officers will make it difficult for Officer Jorg to get a fair trial, he said in a motion.

        Mr. Owensby died of manual asphyxiation soon after being taken into police custody Nov. 7.


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