Defense attorney wins motion to independently test slain officer’s blood

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A man charged with capital murder, accused of shooting and killing a Birmingham Police Officer will have to wait another month to find out if he will be granted bond.

Patrick Johnson was in court Monday morning for a bond hearing.  His bond hearing was pushed back and will now be heard during his preliminary hearing on June 24th.

His attorney also filed a motion to preserve any blood samples taken from Officer Keary Hollis so he can have them independently tested. The motion was granted.

“In this case, I think blood is going to be an issue. And I’ll be honest with you; I think blood alcohol will probably be an issue in this case,” defense attorney Charles Salvagio said.

When asked whether he believed Officer Keary Hollis had been drinking the night of the shooting, Salvagio answered, “Well, I’ll get into that at the prelim but I think the motion speaks for itself.”

Patrick Johnson will remain in jail until his bond hearing June 24th. Several members of his family were in court, prepared to speak on his behalf.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News


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