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Judge sets trial date for former St. Louis officer's manslaughter case

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Nathaniel Hendren makes court appearance

Suspended St. Louis Police officer Nathaniel Hendren (center) is escorted out of the courthouse in St. Louis after pleading innocent on Monday, April 29, 2019 to charges relating to the fatal shooting of another St. Louis police officer. Hendren is accused of killing fellow officer Katlyn Alix in a Russian roulette-like shooting in January. Hendren was on duty at the time of the shooting that happened at his house while Alix was off duty. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

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. 

Officer Katlyn Alix

Officer Katlyn Alix in a photo from her graduation from the St. Louis Police Academy in January 2017.

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.

Officer Nathaniel Hendren

St. Louis Police Officer Nathaniel Hendren pleaded not guilty on April 29, 2019, on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of Officer Katlyn Alix.

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.


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