Judge to decide if outside jury will hear Metro police officer's murder trial

Posted at 6:40 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 20:55:52-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A judge heard arguments in the case against a Metro Nashville police officer who’s been charged with first-degree murder.

Judge Monte Watkins will ultimately decide whether or not there will be a change of venue in the Andrew Delke murder trial. If he grants the request, it likely means a jury will be brought in from another city – possibly Chattanooga or Knoxville.

Delke, who is currently decommissioned, is charged with murder for the shooting death of Daniel Hambrick after a traffic stop in 2018.

There is security video of the incident, which was made public.

In court today, Delke's lawyers argued the video is prejudicial – and has been shown literally thousands of times in the media – and that, as a result, their client cannot get a fair trial in Nashville. One expert testified that the video has been seen more than 680,000 times.

Delke's legal team conducted their own poll showing that most of those questioned in the city have already made up their minds on whether Delke is guilty or not. The trial is expected to take place early next year.

Judge Watkins will give his decision in two weeks.

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