Washington Sheriff’s Trial Delayed, Lawyers Say He Has Flu

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – Jury selection in a case accusing the Pierce county sheriff of crimes after his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier has been delayed.

KING 5 reports a judge ordered Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer to take a PCR COVID-19 test Monday after a rapid test was faintly positive. The PCR test results were negative but Troyer’s attorneys said Tuesday he was diagnosed with Influenza A and wasn’t in court.

Jury selection continued Tuesday but was canceled for Wednesday and scheduled to resume next week.

Troyer has pleaded not guilty to false reporting and making a false or misleading statement to a civil servant for claiming to an emergency dispatcher the newspaper carrier was threatening to kill him.