Jurors are weighing the fate of a rookie New York City police officer who fatally shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell.
Deliberations resumed Wednesday at the manslaughter trial of New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG). Jurors requested testimony of Liang and other witnesses.
The judge denied a mistrial request made by defense attorneys.
Liang says he accidentally fired when he was startled by a noise while patrolling the stairwell in 2014. The prosecution says he acted out of recklessness and did little to help the dying victim, Akai (ah-KEYE) Gurley.
The 28-year-old Gurley was taking the stairs rather than wait for an elevator.
Liang faces up to 15 years in prison if he’s convicted of manslaughter and other charges.