Judge, not jury, to hear Ohio policeman's case in 137-round shooting that killed 2 suspects

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CLEVELAND — A judge instead of a jury will decide the case of a Cleveland policeman charged with voluntary manslaughter after a car chase that ended in 137 gunshots and two deaths.

The bench trial was requested by 31-year-old Michael Brelo, a white officer charged for his role in the shooting that killed two unarmed, black suspects in 2012.

Prosecutors objected, arguing that it's unfair to exclude blacks from being jurors. A judge overruled those objections Thursday.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County prosecutor's spokesman says the decision isn't appealable and the office is preparing for the April 6 trial.

All 13 officers who fired are white. Brelo was charged with voluntary manslaughter because prosecutors said he waited until after the car stopped to fire the final 15 rounds.

He pleaded not guilty.

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