Retrial Ordered in Death of Motorist

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that two white suburban police officers should be tried again in the death of a black motorist who suffocated while fighting with police during a traffic stop. The first trial of Milton Mulholland and Michael Albert on manslaughter charges ended in a mistrial last fall when the coroner testified that Mulholland should explain what he did that night. A defendant is not required to testify at a trial. Jon Gammage, 31, was driving a Jaguar through Brentwood, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in October 1995 when police stopped him for flickering brake lights. Police said Gammage lunged at a police officer after one struck him. He suffocated while the officers restrained him.

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