The ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle, who shot Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009, is being tried in Los Angeles. This is instead of Alameda County in the Bay Area; where the infamous shooting occurred.
KCRA reports that the high profile case will be moving to Los Angeles County's downtown courtroom because Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson concluded that Mehserle would not receive a fair jury trial in Alameda County. Now Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are analyzing how the change in venue will affect the trial's outcome.
Mehserle fired a pistol at Grant early New Years Day after he allegedly resisted several BART police officers at the Fruitvale station in Oakland. Mehserle's criminal defense attorney states that the officer intended to use a taser on Grant, and that the fatal shooting was accidental. Mehserle is now being charged with murder, but he is pleading not guilty.