Case of man fatally shot by Chicago police heads back to court

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The case of Darius Pinex, who was shot and killed by Chicago police during a traffic stop in January 2011, heads back to court Tuesday. (WLS)

The case of Darius Pinex, who was shot and killed by Chicago police during a traffic stop five years ago, heads back to court Tuesday.

A federal judge ordered a retrial for the two officers involved in the shooting after he said two city attorneys concealed evidence and engaged in intentional wrongdoing.

One of the attorneys admitted under oath he violated court rules by failing to turn over crucial evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit, even though he had learned of its existence the week before the trial.

Pinex was shot in January 2011 after police said he dragged one officer with his car and tried to run over the other near 67th and May in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

The two officers claimed they curbed his car after hearing radio traffic that the driver of similar vehicle may have been involved in a shooting and may have had a gun.

Pinex's mother, Gloria Pinex, said in January that her attorney said the officers' actions were an extraordinary abuse of power and their conduct in the aftermath was equally as bad.

Family members initially filed a federal civil suit against the city. A jury ruled in the city's favor.

Both parties are back in court for a settlement conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. If they can't reach a deal, a trial is tentatively scheduled for July 18.

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