LIBERTY - The trial of a police officer accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of a man last summer begins in earnest this morning.
Liberty Police Officer Leo Daniel "Danny" Cook Jr. shot Leon Brown on July 30, 2003, in the home of Brown's mother in Liberty. Cook, 40, had responded to a report of domestic violence involving Brown and his girlfriend, Freda Wilson.
Brown, who was unarmed, was shot once in the chest at close range.
Cook was indicted on charges of second-degree manslaughter by the Casey County grand jury Oct. 17. He faces five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Opening arguments are set for this morning at 9 before Circuit Court Judge James G. Weddle.
Cook's shooting of Brown, 52, after responding to a domestic violence report is not in dispute. Cook's attorney, Steve Schroering of Louisville, has indicated that he will argue that Cook was acting in self-defense.