BRIGHTON, Colo. (KDVR) — A group of defendants facing manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain were scheduled to appear in an Adams County court Friday afternoon.
The arraignment was pushed from Friday at 1:30 p.m. to Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m.
“I feel like the legal system — I understand it, but it’s still disappointing. No matter what the explanations are,” Sheneen McClain said, referencing the year her son, Elijah, was killed.
“2019? It’s 2022. In a few months it’s 2023,” she said, questioning how much longer the legal proceedings would take.
McClain, who traveled nearly 30 minutes for the hearing, said she was not made aware that the court schedule would be postponed ahead of time.
“I’m not even tripping,” she said. “Eventually it will get to trial, and when we get there, then that’s the time I’m going to really be celebrating.”
During the arraignment, Jeremy Cooper, Pete Cichuniec, Randy Roedema, Jason Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard, who served either as Aurora paramedics or as Aurora police officers at the time of McClain’s death, will formally enter a plea in the case.
A grand jury indicted the five people on 32 charges last year.
“City leaders thank the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the members of the Grand Jury for their commitment to a resolution. We respect the judicial process and ask that everyone else do the same. The city has cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s Office and its investigators throughout their thorough and thoughtful work,” Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly said at the time of the indictment.
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