ST. LOUIS — A judge on Monday set the trial date for former St. Louis police officer Nathaniel Hendren on charges related to the fatal shooting of fellow officer Katlyn Alix in January.
Hendren's trial on charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action is scheduled to begin March 23, and could last two weeks, according to statements in a court hearing Monday.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Thom C. Clark II set a series of hearing dates and deadlines for lawyers leading up to the trial, including a day to discuss jury selection in a shooting that has attracted widespread media attention.
Prosecutors say Hendren, now 30, shot Alix, 24, during a Russian-roulette-style game at his home in St. Louis’ Carondelet neighborhood while he was supposed to be on duty elsewhere. Alix was off duty.
A lawsuit filed by Alix’s family earlier this month claims Hendren forced other girlfriends to play similar games.
Hendren's lawyer, Talmage Newton IV, has called Alix’s death a “tragic accident.”
Hendren's state peace officer license has been suspended, meaning he cannot work as a police officer.