Former Mesa Police officer Philip Brailsford, who was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of an unarmed Texas businessman, was back in court on Friday.
Brailsford is accused of shooting and killing Daniel Shaver in January, at a Mesa hotel, while responding to reports of someone pointing a rifle out of a window. A pre-trial conference was held in the case on Friday.
Brailsford's attorney, Michael Piccareta, said the most important thing for his client is to get a fair trial, something that has been a challenge from the beginning of such a public case.
"We just want to make sure you have a fair unbiased jury, and we want people that haven't made up their minds on snippets of news reports," said Piccareta. "It's awful to be indicted on a charge that you're innocent of, and so you just you go through it, it's a process. We have confidence in juries and confidence in courts, and that this matter will be resolved favorably."
Body camera footage from the night of the deadly shooting were released back in May, but attorneys argued it could hurt Brailsford's right to a fair trial.
The judge agreed to omit the shooting portion of the video, but now, a Supreme Court filing to release the rest of the video has been submitted.
Brailsford's camp said they will fight the release, once again.
"We have opposed filings to release the video, primarily because we think a jury should see it first hand in the context of what the experts explaning to them what the rules of engagement are, and why certain things were done in certain manners," said Piccarreta.
Brailsford is set to appear in court in February 2017, with a possible trial date in May or September.