A man charged with shooting dead an Indianapolis police officer who responded to a domestic violence call in 2020 will be allowed to seek insanity as a defense to avoid the death penalty.
A Marion High Court judge will rule on Friday and will appoint two psychiatrists to assess Elias Dorsey’s mental health.
Indianapolis police officer murder suspect seeks insanity defense to avoid death penalty
Dorsey’s lawyer filed a court complaint in May, alleging that a report prepared by a doctor said Dorsey was mentally ill when he shot and killed Indianapolis police officer Brian Reese. .
Dorsey was shot twice in the head as Reese and three other officers answered a domestic abuse call about him through the door of his Indianapolis apartment, police said.
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Dorsey faces one count of murder, one count of imprisonment, and four counts of attempted murder, one of which stems from the alleged shooting of a woman he held captive in his apartment. .
A judge ruled that prosecutors could seek the death penalty.
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His trial was set to begin in September, but is now set to begin on February 12, 2024.