A new trial date has been set for a Taylorsville police officer charged with misdemeanor negligent homicide.
A jury trial for Joseph James Corbett has been scheduled for Jan. 21-23. The new trial date comes on the heels of the Utah Court of Appeals decision to decline hearing the case.
Corbett was involved in a crash at the intersection of 4700 South and Redwood Road about 12:40 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2007. He was responding with his red and blue lights and siren to assist other officers involved in a high-speed chase. He collided with a vehicle driven by 27-year-old John Douglas of Tooele, who was killed in the accident.
The defense claims Douglas was text messaging while driving and had the painkiller tramadol in his system.
Prosecutors say Corbett wasn't following the accepted standard for emergency driving in Utah. But defense attorney Ed Brass countered that a standard hasn't been established and made a request for interlocutory appeal.
Corbett's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 11. Corbett was initially placed on paid administrative leave, returned to desk duty and then resigned at the beginning of this month.