Judge Kocurek’s accused shooter gets second chance to dispute evidence

The defense in the attempted murder case of Travis County state District Judge Julie Kocurek will get a second chance to suppress key evidence after locating a previously-unavailable witness.

Attorneys for Chimene Onyeri argued last week in federal court that a cell phone that shows Onyeri was in Austin around the time of Kocurek’s November 2015 shooting was seized during an unlawful traffic stop. They asked that the evidence be tossed from a March trial.

U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel said he’d respond soon with a decision.

But according to a court document released on Friday, Onyeri’s lawyers sent an email to the judge’s assistant on Thursday evening saying they had established contact with the driver of the vehicle, Reginald Matthews, and requested to re-open the hearing. Matthews was previously unavailable to testify, according to the email.

Yeakel agreed to hear from Matthews, ordering that the hearing reconvene on Wednesday.

This is a developing story; check back for details.

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