Man charged with killing officer loses bid to move trial

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with shooting and killing a police officer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2018 has lost his bid to move his trial off the popular summer destination.

The Cape Cod Times reports a judge recently ruled the murder trial of Thomas Latanowich will be held this summer in Barnstable Superior Court.

Latanowich’s attorney had argued that extensive local media coverage of the case created an “overwhelmingly negative community sentiment” toward his client, making it impossible to sit an impartial jury on the cape.

But Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Trudeau argued against moving the trial to a different jurisdiction, saying media coverage has significantly decreased since the shooting.

Latanowich has been charged in the April 2018 shooting of Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon.

Gannon, 32, was killed while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant at a Barnstable home. Gannon’s dog was also shot, but survived.