A New York judge has set a tentative trial start date of February 3 for James Kopp. Kopp is an anti-abortion activist accused of the 1998 sniper slaying of Doctor Barnett Slepian. He’s pleaded innocent to charges of second-degree murder.
Kopp has asked for a new defense team headed by Bruce Barket, a Long Island lawyer who’s an ardent anti-abortionist. Barket also represents a New York City woman accused of aiding Kopp during his years as a fugitive.
Kopp is a California native whose last known address was Saint Albans, Vermont. He was captured in France in March 2001.