Judge seals evidence in Officer Delke murder case

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A Davidson County Criminal Court judge has decided to seal evidence in the Delke murder case. 

The decision from Judge Monte Watkins came out late Tuesday afternoon 

One week ago, Officer Andrew Delke was in court as his attorneys argued that court records should be sealed and closed to the public in advance of a trial. They claim Delke cannot get a fair trial if the records are open.

Prosecutors argued that evidence from the case should be transparent to the public.

Delke is charged with first-degree murder. He shot and killed Daniel Hambrick on July 26, 2018 during a foot chase.   

Delke was indicted on a first-degree murder charge in January.

The defense says Delke followed police protocol and his training.   

The prosecution maintains Delke’s use of force was unjustified, highlighting that Hambrick was shot in the back while running away from the 25-year-old officer.  

DOCUMENT: State of Tennessee, County of Davidson Affidavit Criminal Homicide

Delke is currently free on $25,000 bond. 

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