The trial for the Baltimore County police officer charged in the killing of a Randallstown teen scheduled for this month has been postponed until June.
James D. Laboard's trial is now scheduled for June 17. A criminal motions hearing is scheduled for April 12.
Laboard is now being represented by Andrew Jay Graham and John A. Bourgeois. The postponement was requested for the new counsel to prepare for the trial and to accommodate out-of-state witnesses to make the trial.
Laboard, 32, who had been assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct, was charged with two counts of manslaughter in 17-year-old Christopher Brown's death. Either charge could carry up to 10 years imprisonment.
Police said Laboard chased after Brown when a group of teens threw a rock at the officer's front door on June 13. Brown died of asphyxiation.
Brown's mother, Chris Brown, and Brown's sister appeared in court Thursday for the postponement hearing.
"I just don't want it to be long and drawn out," she said.
She has held several rallies protesting against what she felt were lenient charges against Laboard.
"I just want to see him face to face," she said.
Laboard, who was released on his own recognizance, declined comment afterward the brief hearing.
Brown's family has established a nonprofit that provides scholarships in memory of the Randallstown High student. A scholarship fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Creme Restaurant & Lounge on North Charles Street in Baltimore.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun