COLUMBUS, Miss. — The manslaughter trial of a former Mississippi police officer is being postponed.

Lowndes County Circuit Judge Lee Coleman on Thursday granted a request to delay the trial past Oct. 17. A court official told the Commercial Dispatch that a lawyer requested the delay for medical reasons. Coleman hasn’t yet set a new date.

Ex-officer Canyon Boykin, who is white, is indicted for manslaughter in the October 2015 shooting death of a black man in Columbus.

Boykin says he shot Ricky Ball after the 26-year-old appeared to point a gun at Boykin during a foot chase.

Boykin settled a wrongful termination suit against Columbus in early September. He still faces wrongful death lawsuits.

In May, Coleman ordered the trial moved to south Mississippi’s Tylertown, citing pretrial publicity in Columbus.


Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com