Loading…
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsCourts
Published: Tuesday, 7/12/2011

Trial date set in shooting of sergeant by colleague

BY BLADE STAFF

An Oct. 25 trial date was set in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Monday for a Toledo police sergeant charged with shooting another sergeant at the Scott Park district station.

Sgt. Gloria Burks is charged with felonious assault with a gun specification and an alternative charge of assault. She is accused of shooting Sgt. Jeffrey Bechtel in the right arm during a Sept. 20 incident.

Monday, Sergeant Burks’ lawyer indicated that the defense intends to waive a jury trial and instead try the case before Judge Myron Duhart.

Evaluations by separate psychologists were submitted to the court this year noting that because of a seizure disorder, Sergeant Burks did not know what she was doing when she fired the gun. Her lawyers have filed a motion of not guilty by reason of insanity, a defense that must be proven by the defendant at trial.

Sergeant Burks was relieved of duty without pay after the shooting.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories