The Hambrick family expected to spend July in a courtroom hearing the case against the Nashville officer who fatally shot their son. Instead, a plea deal closed the case and imbued a vigil with frustration, sadness and resilience.
In this episode, we’ll take you through the emotional day in court when former Officer Andrew Delke took a plea deal instead of going to trial.
Walter Searcy has been pushing for changes at the Nashville police department for half a century. And he’s been closely following the case of Andrew Delke, the police officer who resigned before taking a plea deal for a lesser charge last week just before his murder trial was set to begin.
Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday morning for the first trial of a Nashville police officer charged with murder. Instead, Andrew Delke is now serving a three-year sentence for manslaughter. Criminal justice reporter Samantha Max spoke with WPLN’s Morning Edition host Nina Cardona about the plea deal.
With an estimated 350,000 people waiting, Nashville’s massive Fourth of July fireworks show was delayed Sunday night by a drama that was unfolding within the blast zone.
A police officer is expected to appear in a Nashville courtroom today to plead guilty to manslaughter for the 2018 shooting of Daniel Hambrick.
The first Metro Nashville Police Department officer charged with murder for an on-duty killing will not stand trial.
Jim Todd, who’s practiced as a Nashville prosecutor and a defense attorney, says the first murder trial against a Nashville police officer for an on-duty shooting is a very difficult case to break down.
Since 2005, Philip Stinson, a former cop, has been tracking every single time an officer is charged with a criminal offense. “It’s very difficult for a prosecutor to get a conviction in one of these cases,” he says.
Nashville police officers have shot five people so far this year, and two young men have shot and killed themselves during encounters with officers — one seemingly accidentally.