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Trial date set for man accused of running over OPD officer

Edward Kelty, 18, faces attempted second-degree murder charges

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – After a delay, the trial date has been set for the Orange County teen accused of running down and injuring an Orlando police officer last year.

Edward Kelty, who was 17 years old at the time of the crash, is charged with attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. 

Officer William Anderson suffered a traumatic brain injury July 13 when he pulled over a car while investigating a call about shots fired on Kirkman Road.

Investigators said Anderson went around the front of the car when a passenger in that vehicle started running. Police said at the same time, the driver, Kelty, now 18, sped up and hit Anderson.

Kelty, along with Angel Nieves and another teen, was arrested.

In a January bond hearing, Kelty's attorneys argued he was trying to avoid hitting Anderson, but the judge found there was too much evidence against Kelty to grant a release.

The trial will began on September 5 at the Orange County Courthouse. Ninth Judicial Circuit officials said it is expected to last four days.

Anderson said in February that his injuries forced him to retire.

 

"I would be back in a heartbeat if I could, but, unfortunately, all my doctors say I can't and will never be able to," Anderson said.