March Trial Date Set for Columbus Police Officer Who Shot And Killed Andre Hill
A Franklin County judge has set a March trial date for Adam Coy, the former Columbus police officer charged with murdering an unarmed Black man last year.
Coy was indicted in February for murder and other charges after fatally shooting Andre Hill on December 22.
Coy and another officer responded to a suspicious vehicle report on Oberlin Drive, north of the Ohio State campus. Hill was an invited guest at the home where he exited the garage with an illuminated cell phone in his hand before Coy shot him. Hill was taken to a hospital and later died.
Coy’s legal counsel has argued that Coy thought Hill was holding a silver gun in his other hand, but Hill was holding a set of keys.
The incident received national attention and took place only weeks after Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT deputy Jason Meade fatally shot Casey Goodson Jr.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Stephen L. McIntosh’s office said today that a status hearing is set for Dec 7, at which time the judge will confirm defense counsel and the state attorney prosecuting the case are prepared for March’s trial.
Coy faces charges of murder, felonious assault, reckless homicide, and dereliction of duty. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.