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Manslaughter trial to resume for Cleveland police officer charged in fatal shootings

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CLEVELAND — The defense is expected to begin presenting evidence Monday in the trial of a Cleveland police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects after a high-speed chase in 2012.

The voluntary manslaughter trial of 31-year-old Michael Brelo (BREE'-lo) is entering its fourth week.

Police union officials say a request to dismiss the charges was denied by Judge John P. O'Donnell. Brelo's attorneys requested the dismissal, saying prosecutors had not proved their case.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire on Nov. 29, 2012. While 13 officers fired at the pair, prosecutors say only Brelo was charged criminally because he waited to fire his final 15 rounds after Russell and Williams no longer posed a threat.

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