KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The trial for a Kansas City man charged with killing a North Kansas City police officer will stay in Clay County, but it will not be heard by a local jury.

Joshua T. Rocha is charged in Clay County with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Officer Daniel Vasquez.

Rocha entered a not guilty plea to the charges during a hearing in September.

Prosecutors said officer Vasquez died in August after Rocha shot him during a traffic stop. Investigators said Vasquez stopped Rocha’s car because of an expired temporary tag.

According to a probable cause statement, video from Vasquez’s dash camera showed Rocha opening the door of his car and immediately shooting at Vasquez. Rocha then got out of the car and shot Vasquez two more times after the officer fell to the street.

The video shows Rocha got back into his car and drove away, according to the court document.

After turning himself in, court documents show Rocha told investigators that he shot Vasquez because he did not want to go to jail or have his vehicle towed.

Rocha and his attorneys requested a change of venue because of the amount of attention the case has received in the Kansas City area.

The request was not contested, so the judge approved bringing in a jury from the St. Louis area to hear the case. A trial date has not yet been set.

Rocha is scheduled to be in court again Jan. 3, 2023.

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