PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The defense for former Portsmouth Police Officer Stephen Rankin filed a motion on Dec. 15 with the circuit court to exclude certain evidence from being used in the trial.
Rankin’s attorney’s filed a motion in limine, which is a request that certain evidence not be introduced in trial.
The evidence that Rankin’s defense is requesting that mobile messages dating to April 11 that Rankin made to a police dispatcher be excluded from the trial.
Rankin is accused of shooting and killing 18-year-old William Chapman outside of a Wal-Mart in April. He is facing a first-degree murder charge.
In the motion, Rankin’s attorneys have requested that the messages be excluded because they claim the messages contain statements and opinions that are irrelevant to the case.
They also claim that the messages are also irrelevant workplace chatter and additionally contain statements or opinions about the state of the city of Portsmouth.