Former Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial has had murder charges reinstated against him by Judge Lillian Ransom. This decision comes a month after Judge Wendy Pew dismissed the case, citing a lack of evidence.
Dial faced charges of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and official oppression stemming from the fatal shooting of Eddie Irizarry on August 14. Irizarry, 27, was shot inside his car during a traffic stop.
The body camera and surveillance footage showed Dial firing five shots through the closed driver’s side window within six seconds of approaching Irizarry’s car. Dial claimed self-defense, stating that he believed Irizarry had a gun based on his partner’s remarks. Two knives were found in Irizarry’s car.
Irizarry’s family, protesters from the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and supporters of justice for Irizarry gathered outside the Criminal Justice Center. Irizarry’s family expressed gratitude for Judge Ransom’s decision, stating that they had been seeking answers.
Dial was taken back into custody and is being held without bail. His defense team is considering moving the case to a location where Dial can receive a fair trial, away from any potential influence by city officials or the public.