• Michael Rosfeld's attorney doesn't want prosecutors to call use-of-force expert during trial

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    PITTSBURGH - The defense attorney for Michael Rosfeld, the officer charged in the shooting death of Antwon Rose in East Pittsburgh, doesn’t want prosecutors to call a use-of-force expert during the trial.

    During a motions hearing Tuesday, attorney Patrick Thomassey asked the judge to sign an order that would guarantee prosecutors don’t call such an expert.

    While prosecutors said they don’t intend to call a use-of-force expert, Thomassey wants it in writing.

    The judge did not sign the order Tuesday, but left the door open to doing so in the future.

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    Rosfeld’s trial is scheduled to begin March 19, with a jury to be picked from Dauphin County, as per a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order.

    Rosfeld is charged with criminal homicide in the death of 17-year-old Rose, who was shot as he and another teenager ran from a traffic stop on the night of June 19. Rose was unarmed.

    Rose’s family was in court for Tuesday’s motions hearing.


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