Accused Cop Killer Doesn't Want Uniformed Police in Courtroom During Trial

COLUMBUS, Ohio (24-7 News)--The lawyer for a man accused of killing two Westerville police officers is asking for the court to ban uniformed law enforcement from the courtroom during the trial.

According to reports, the attorneys for Quentin Smith made the request in addition to a motion to prevent protests on courthouse grounds as a way to prevent jury intimidation.

Smith is accused of shooting and killing Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering as they responded to a 911 hang-up call in February 2018.

Smith was not permitted to own a firearm, due to a previous felony conviction.

Neither motion was immediately ruled on by Judge Richard Frye who will oversee the trial.

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