Manslaughter trial underway against former Conroe police officer in Walmart shooting

Manslaughter trial underway against former Conroe police officer in Walmart shooting

19-year-old Russell Rios was killed last year after getting into a scuffle with Sgt. Jason Blackwelder, who was off duty at the time.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

CONROE, Texas -- The manslaughter trial against a former Conroe police officer is underway.

19-year-old Russell Rios was killed last year after getting into a scuffle with Sgt. Jason Blackwelder, who was off duty at the time.

Walmart employees said Rios stole two iPhone cases and Blackwelder took off after him and shot him after an alleged struggle.

According to The Conroe Courier, both the defense and prosecutors are debating whether Blackwelder acted recklessly.

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