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Permanent Gag Order Issued In Case Against Officer Accused Of Killing Antwon Rose

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld appeared in front of Judge Alexander Bicket on Wednesday for a status hearing.

In the courtroom, Rosfeld looked nervous.

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The hearing focused on a number of things.

First, Judge Bicket issued a permanent gag order preventing anyone involved in the case from talking about it outside of the courtroom.

Next, Bicket also allowed Officer Rosfeld and his attorney, Patrick Thomassey, to now review 500 pages of documents pertaining to the investigation. The Commonwealth initially argued against this, but Thomassey got very upset and said it was his client's right to review the documents prior to the trial.

KDKA's Amy Wadas Reports:


Thomassey said he didn't know what the Commonwealth was trying to hide.

The judge also allowed 20 pages of documents that the Commonwealth initially felt were irrelevant to be reviewed and discussed as long as the prosecution was present. These documents focus on Rosfeld's mindset when he allegedly shot and killed Antwon Rose II on June 19.

Michael Rosfeld, Antwon Rose (Photos: Allegheny County Jail/STK, Embrace Life/Facebook)

A week later, Rosfeld was charged with homicide for firing three shots at the unarmed Rose who was running from a traffic stop with his hands in the air. Rosfeld posted $250,000 unsecured bond and has remained on electronic monitoring at home since.

Lastly, the judge granted extra time for pre-trial motions to be filed by the defense.

It's unclear when Officer Rosfeld will appear in court next. Both the Commonwealth and defense have to figure that out.

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