Change of venue hearing next week in Van Dyke case

CHICAGO — A hearing is set for Tuesday on a change-of-venue motion in the Laquan McDonald murder case.

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the October 2014 slaying of McDonald, 17, who was stealing car radios with a knife when police were called to the scene in Archer Heights.

Van Dyke's attorneys are asking for a different judge to rule on their request to move Van Dyke's trial out of Cook County.

They argue presiding Judge Vincent Gaughan can't fairly rule on the motion because he has already set Van Dyke's trial date.

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