Oscar Grant Update: Mehserle’s Trial Moved to Los Angeles

By Leticia Miranda Dec 03, 2009

An LA Superior court judge will be hearing the case of Johannes Mehserle, who is facing murder charges for shooting and killing Oscar Grant this new year’s eve at a BART station in Oakland, CA. The Oakland Tribune reports:

Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry, who first was appointed a judgeship in Los Angeles in 1992, will preside over a case that a local judge ruled should be moved to a new location because of pretrial publicity and the threat of violence.

Although Mehserle hasn’t talked publicly about the shooting, his lawyer is arguing that Mehserle didn’t know he was firing a gun. He says he thought it was a Taser. Let’s see if Rains can actually convince the judge that a Taser gun can really be confused with a firearm. The case probably won’t be heard for another six months to a year.