Andrew Mitchell is charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with the shooting of Donna Castlebury in August 2018.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The introductory arguments in the trial for the murder of former Col. Columbus, a former officer, begin on Tuesday.

Andrew Mitchell has been charged with murder and manslaughter in connection with the August 2018 shooting of 23-year-old Donna Castlebury. Mitchell picked up Castlebury during an alleged prostitution bite.

Columbus police said Mitchell shot Castlebury after she stabbed him in the arm.

Mitchell’s lawyer, Mark Collins, claimed that Mitchell acted in self-defense due to the fact that Castlebury stabbed him.

The former officer was charged with murder and manslaughter in 2019.

Last year Columbus City Council approved the settlement more than $ 1 million as a result of Castlebury’s death.

The Castlebury family questioned the use of lethal force and suggested that Mitchell should not have been on duty on the day of the shooting because he was already the focus of a separate criminal investigation by his own department for alleged police misconduct.

Mitchell was also charged with federal charges of allegedly forcing women to have sex with him under threat of arrest, pressuring others to cover up crimes, and lying to federal investigators when he said he had never had sex with prostitutes.

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