Trial for former Temple Police officer Carmen DeCruz pushed to November

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The manslaughter trial for former Temple Police officer Carmen DeCruz is being pushed back to November 1st, 2021.

DeCruz shot and killed Michael Dean during a traffic stop in 2019. After a two-month investigation by Texas State Troopers, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza announced DeCruz was being charged with Manslaughter.

This photo provided by the family of Michael Dean, shows Dean with his daughter Te’yana. Dean was killed Dec. 2, 2019, in Temple, Texas, located 70 miles northeast of Austin. Dallas attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Dean’s family, told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec.11, 2019, that the silence from authorities is “completely unfair and particularly cruel” to Dean’s family. (Courtesy from Michael Dean Family via AP)

The trial was initially set for June, but Garza says it was moved because of orders issued by the Texas Supreme Court due to COVID-19.

DeCruz resigned from the police department, meaning the internal investigation and administrative hearing process underway into the shooting by Temple Police has been closed.

DeCruz is in the Bell County Jail, held on a $500,000 bond.

The family of Michael Dean told FOX44 News that they are satisfied that DeCruz would face justice, but believe he should be facing a stronger criminal charge.

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