Portsmouth judge denies motion to delay Rankin trial due to recent events

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 18:44:49-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A Portsmouth judge denied a request Tuesday to delay the trial of former Portsmouth Police Officer Stephen Rankin.

Rankin shot and killed 18-year-old William Chapman in a confrontation at a Walmart parking lot on April 22, 2015.

His attorneys entered a motion to delay the trial because Rankin believes that the recent police shootings nationwide could impact the case.

The judge denied the request and the case will move forward as scheduled.

Rankin is charged with first degree murder. His attorneys have said they definitely plan to use a self-defense argument.

His trial is scheduled to begin on July 27.


Click here for previous coverage on Stephen Rankin’s trial

Timeline of the shooting death of William Chapman