PHOENIX (AP) - The judge presiding over the murder trial of a former Mesa, Arizona, police officer has barred news organizations from broadcasting video of the lawman fatally shooting an unarmed man.
Judge George Foster on Thursday agreed with Philip Brailsford's argument that broadcasting the footage before the end of his trial could hurt his fair-trial rights.
The decision clears the way for lawyers to make opening statements.
Brailsford is charged with murder in the death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas, at a Mesa hotel.
The Associated Press and other news organizations contend the public has a right to see the video.
A portion of the video was previously released, but the trial would mark the first time unedited footage will be shown publicly.