|Published:||Aug 09, 2013 12:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 09, 2013 3:20 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Yousel Rivera trial continues today in a Lee County courtroom, but before the proceedings even got underway, the prosecution requested the judge have all deputies in the courtroom remove black memorial bands from their badges.
The bands are honoring fallen Charlotte County Deputy Sergeant Michael Wilson. Judge Mark Steinbeck requested the deputies remove the bands moments before the jurors entered the courtroom.
Lead prosecutor Stephen Russell said he wanted to make sure the jury would not be unnecessarily prejudiced by the showing of support for an officer shot in the line of duty.