Columbus judge set to rule in 1972 shooting case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A judge is set to announce Thursday whether prosecutors can bring an 82-year-old suspect to trial in the nonfatal shooting of a Columbus police officer almost 45 years ago.

Defendant Charles Hays was indicted but never prosecuted following the 1972 shooting, as the case fell through the cracks. 

Columbus police Officer Niki Cooper was hit in the left arm when he and his partner interrupted a burglary.   His family believes Hays should stand trial, no matter how long ago the shooting took place.

(NBC News Radio contributed to this story)

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