Court TV plans to air coverage of Hecksel trial today, Friday

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 12:19 a.m.

Court TV plans to air its coverage of the trial of a former Gainesville Police officer cleared of a manslaughter charge in connection with the 2001 death of a University of Florida student.

A jury acquitted Jimmy Hecksel in October in the case involving Corey Rice, a UF architecture major.

Hecksel shot at Rice, who drove off during a traffic stop on Jan. 30, 2001.

Later fired from the department, Hecksel testified he was in fear for his life and thought he would be run over by the car when he shot at the car.

Court TV begins airing the trial todayThursday starting at 9 a.m. and also runs Friday. The channel is available to digital subscribers of Cox Communications.

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