On March 21, 2012 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was fatally shot by Chicago police officer Dante Servin.
Monday, Sept. 15th Judge William Lacy scheduled the police officer’s trial for Oct. 27. In roughly six and a half weeks, the trial, which will take place at Leighton Criminal Court Building, will determine Servin’s fate.
Last year, Servin was indicted on criminal charges that included manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. In addition, he was removed from his position and remains on paid desk duty until the trial concludes.
According to the Chicago officer, he feared for his life when he saw a man point a firearm in his direction in close proximity of his home near Douglas Park. He grabbed his own gun and shot five rounds. The bullet hit the suspect, Antonio Cross, in his hand, while another bullet struck Boyd, one of the individuals in the group, in the back of her head. Boyd died the following day. Servin was off duty.
If convicted of manslaughter, Servin face a minimum of probation to a maximum of five years in jail.
Last year, Chicago City Council approved a $4.5 million settlement brought by the Boyd family.