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CHICAGO (AP) _ A Cook County judge says he hopes to name a special prosecutor by Aug. 4 in the murder case of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Judge Vincent Gaughan said during a Thursday court hearing in officer Jason Van Dyke’s case that notices have been sent to state’s attorneys across Illinois to see if they want to handle the case. That includes Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office and the state appellate prosecutor’s office.

The judge said he would search for an outside prosecutor after Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked last month to step aside.

Van Dyke is accused of shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014, killing him.
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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times