Volusia County

Judge sets trial date for man accused of killing officer Jason Raynor

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The man Daytona Beach police said shot and killed an officer one year ago now has a trial date.

A Volusia County judge tentatively set an April 3 trial date for Othal Wallace at a hearing on Monday.


Wallace is accused of shooting officer Jason Raynor in June of last year. Raynor died from his injuries in August.

Wallace is charged with a first-degree murder charge and could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

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Wallace has private attorneys handling his case, and neither is death penalty qualified.

Wallace can waive that requirement and move forward with his attorneys if he chooses.

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Despite not being death penalty qualified, Wallace’s attorney told Channel 9 that he is confident in his ability to handle his client’s case.

“I have tried death penalty cases and I’ve been in a number of murder cases. It’s nothing new to me if we ended up having to get a death penalty qualified lawyer, Othal will tell us,” said defense attorney Terry Shoemaker.

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