Johannes Mehserle Civil Trial Set to Begin

Former BART officer accused of abusing a rider weeks before Oscar Grant shooting.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Monday, Nov 21, 2011  |  Updated 11:25 AM PDT
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The Mehserle Trial in Sketches

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Johannes Mehserle is expected to testify in his own defense in his latest legal woes.

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The legal troubles of a former BART officer convicted of killing an unarmed man on a train platform will begin again.

Johannes Mehserle, who was released after serving two years for the involuntary manslaughter death of Oscar Grant, is expected to testify in his defense in a civil case where he is accused of abusing another BART rider.

Kenneth Carrethers says Mehserle beat him during an altercation with BART officers at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station on Nov. 15, 2008, according to SF Gate.

The 43-year-old is seeking damages against a group of five BART officers, including Mehserle, reportedly involved in the incident that left him with facial bruises and a sore shoulder.

BART is expected to fight on behalf of Mehserle and show that Carrethers was a threat to the agency's officers.

Mehserle is expected to testify that he was acting to protect a fellow officer, in his own defense.

Jury selection is set to begin Monday and opening statements could be heard a day later.

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