An anticipated preview of the case against the man accused in the shooting death of Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang didn't materialize as hoped.
Treveno Campbell, the alleged murderer of Officer Lang, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday paving the way for an expected grand jury indictment.
But attorneys for both Campbell and Willie Braddock felt like they didn't walk away empty-handed. In law as in business sometimes you have to give a little to get a little.
As a noted Memphis defense attorney William Massey knows when to stand up for his clients best interests, in most cases preliminary hearings aren't the most opportune time to sport your courtroom "A" game.
But, then again you don't just concede everything either.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich was prepared to publicly present some of the evidence and witness testimony against Campbell at Thursday's hearing. It stayed in her briefcase.
"This case will move upstairs," DA Weirich said. "It will be presented to the grand jury once our office receives the complete state report that is in the possession of the police department."
In a "two birds with one stone" judicial maneuver, the 26-year-old Braddock, who was in the Berclair house at the time when Officer Lang and her OCU partner, Officer William Vrooman, attempted to serve a narcotics warrant Dec. 14, 2012, also opted to waive his preliminary on charges of marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
If it sounds like Massey and Braddock's counsel, attorney Blake Ballin, didn't accomplish much for their clients, then you don't understand how "judicial horse-trading" works - don't waste your energy on a preliminary hearing you can't win if you can gain early access to useful information to fight with on another day.
"It doesn't take much," Ballin said. "A mere allegation is enough to continue the prosecution. We anticipated that the testimony would be enough for the judge to send this case to the grand jury for indictment."
"We elected to waive the right to a preliminary hearing in consideration of a swap for information about the case that we otherwise wouldn't have available to us," Massey added. "Statements of the witnesses that were there. Statements of the witnesses that were outside the perimeter. All of the witnesses are going to be the core of this case ... we will have."
DA Weirich's hands on involvement in the Officer Lang murder case remains visible. She wants to make sure Lang's accused murderer won't slip through any judicial loopholes.
"Because every case is different," she said. "But, we will do the best we can with this case to make sure that we handle it efficiently and effectively."