Boy’s testimony subject of dispute in case of slain officer

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for an Army staff sergeant accused of fatally shooting a police officer working her first shift are fighting prosecutors’ efforts to bring the sergeant’s 11-year-old son in front of a grand jury.

Authorities say Ronald Hamilton, of Woodbridge, about 22 miles southwest of Arlington, shot and killed his wife, Crystal, in a Feb. 27 domestic dispute. They say he then fatally shot Prince William County officer Ashley Guindon, who responded to the scene. Two other officers were also shot but survived.

Hamilton’s son witnessed some of the events. He has given a statement to police but prosecutors also want him to testify in front of a grand jury later this month.

Ronald Hamilton’s family in South Carolina has custody of the boy. Hamilton’s lawyer said forcing the boy to testify could be traumatic.