Trial date set for Baltimore County officer charged in teen's death

The trial for the Baltimore County police officer charged in the death of a Randallstown teenager has been scheduled to begin Dec. 11.

Officer James D. Laboard, who has been charged with manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown, appeared in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday to schedule the trial date. Wearing a light-green button-down shirt and tie, he sat quietly next to his attorney.

Police said Laboard and Brown got into a physical confrontation June 13 in which Brown fell unconscious and the officer tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

Brown had been with a group of teens who threw rocks at the officer's front door when, police said, Laboard chased Brown to a nearby home.

Laboard was later charged with involuntary and voluntary manslaughter, either of which carry a maximum 10-year sentence.

The teen's mother, Chris Brown, has expressed anger that the officer was not charged with second-degree murder and that he was released on his own recognizance. She alleged that Laboard has received preferential treatment because he is a police officer, which the Police Department and the state's attorney's office have denied.

Brown has held multiple rallies to lobby for stronger charges against Laboard. After meeting with the state's attorney's office on Tuesday, Brown's attorney, Russell Neverdon, said in an email, "We are confident that they will prosecute the matter as expeditiously and as thoroughly as possible given the information upon which they rely."

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