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Indiana judge sets 2024 trial date for alleged cop killer

A judge has set a 2024 trial date for a man accused of killing an eastern Indiana police officer who was shot during a traffic stop last year.

Phillip Matthew Lee, 48, whose trial is set to begin in Wayne County on February 10, 2024, could face the death penalty if convicted in the death of Richmond Police Department Officer Ciara Burton.

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Burton was shot in the head on August 10, 2022, after officers stopped Lee’s moped and Burton was called in to help his police dog, which was alerted to the possible presence of drugs. The officer died on September 18, two weeks after being taken off life support.

The scene of the fatal shooting of Richmond, Indiana, police officer Ciara Burton, as seen on August 10, 2022. (Mike Emery/The Palladium Item via AP, File)

Lee, of Richmond, is charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felony of violence and drug-related charges.

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Attorneys have told the judge that the trial in Richmond, a city about 65 miles east of Indianapolis, could take four to five weeks, the (Richmond) Palladium Item reported.

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Lee’s lead defense attorney, Dennis Turner, recently filed a motion seeking access to all Richmond Police Department text messages, emails and voicemail recordings that mention his client since the shooting.

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