Defense for suspects in officer's death motions to push back trial date

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - The two men charged in connection with the death of a Richmond police officer may not be going to trial as scheduled.

Raleigh Sizemore

Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff are currently scheduled to go to trial on July 5. But in court on Friday, attorneys on both sides agreed the defense won't be ready by then.

Police say Sizemore shot and killed Officer Daniel Ellis in Nov. 2015. Police say Ratliff aided Sizemore by leading Officer Ellis into an ambush.

The defense attorney for Sizemore argued against the death penalty, calling it unconstitutional.

One of arguments made by the defense was "public opinion on the death penalty in Kentucky." She said national polls indicated more people are in favor of life in prison. She also argued the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

The defense for Sizemore made a motion to push back the trial date to July 2018, which the defense attorney for Ratliff agreed with.

A hearing to discuss whether or not to move the the trial date has been set for April 28.

Raleigh Sizemore
Gregory Ratliff

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