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Joseph Walker trial date set for March

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(WJLA) - A New Jersey police officer accused of fatally shooting an Anne Arundel County man after an apparent road rage incident will go to trial this March, the Capital Gazette reports.

Photo: Maryland State Police

Joseph Walker, 41, of Eastampton, NJ, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday since his bail review in August on charges of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a felony.

His trial date has been set for March 10-19.

Walker is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Dale Harvey, Jr., 36, of Millersville, on June 8.

The shooting happened at about 8:30 p.m. on I-97 near the Route 3 interchange near Millersville. The incident began when police say Walker cut Harvey off while trying to turn onto Route 3.

Harvey then drove onto the shoulder to try to avoid a collision, then nearly hit Walker's car while continuing to drive on the side of the road, according to a police report.

Police say that the two drivers then tried to intentionally swerve into each other, at which point Harvey's passenger told police that Walker pulled out a gun and pointed it at them.

A short time later, both Walker and Harvey pulled over and both got out of their cars. Walker got out of his minivan and yelled that he was a police officer. At that point, police say Harvey approached Walker in what they call an "aggressive manner."

That's when officials say Walker pulled out a gun and shot Harvey in the leg. His passenger was not injured. Harvey was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he later died.

Walker faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. If convicted of murder, he also faces five years if convicted of use of a handgun in a felony.

Read more: capitalgazette.com

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