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As the high-profile murder case heads to trial in September, a look at key events in the months and years since Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald.

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(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The mother of slain teenager Laquan McDonald made a rare appearance in Cook County criminal court Thursday morning to testify before attorneys representing the Chicago police officer who shot and killed her son in 2014.

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke approaches the judge’s bench at a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Because Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys claim he was justified in shooting teen Laquan McDonald, prosecutors may not refer to McDonald as a “victim.” However, they may refer to his death as a homicide.

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke stands and heads toward the judge’s bench at a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. At right is his attorney Tammy Wendt. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

If the mother of Laquan McDonald wants to attend the murder trial of the police officer who shot and killed her son, a judge said Tuesday, she will need to respond to a defense subpoena and show up to court this week.

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Two women allegedly stole tens of thousands of narcotic pills from a Wicker Park pharmacy over a two-year period and sold them off for profit.

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to testimony at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, during a hearing on the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

After a daylong hearing featuring hours of expert testimony and competing surveys, it remains to be seen where the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke will be held.

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to court arguments during a hearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A new judge won’t be brought on to decide whether the high-profile murder trial of a Chicago police officer will be moved out of Cook County despite a “novel” argument by defense attorneys.

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Nneka Jones Tapia, left, and Liz Dozier (Roger Morales / Chicago Beyond)

The former Cook County Jail executive director will focus on mental wellness, particularly among Chicago youth whose parents have been incarcerated.

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Members of a task force on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, announce a new initiative to reduce the number of women in Illinois prisons.

One hundred women – including former inmates, corrections officials, judges and prosecutors – are calling for a 50-percent reduction in the number of women behind bars in Illinois. We speak with Deanne Benos, who is leading the initiative.

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More than 50 people were killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Lawyers say victims of an October 2017 mass shooting have been “targeted twice” following multiple lawsuits filed this week by Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International.

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, May 4, 2018.  The media was later ordered to leave the courtroom. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will stand trial Sept. 5 in the shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald.

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Witness Bryan Edelman, a trial consultant hired by the defense to conduct change-of-venue polls, answers questions at a hearing in the Jason Van Dyke case at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago on April 18, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Three-quarters of Cook County residents familiar with the high-profile case believe suspended police Officer Jason Van Dyke is guilty, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the defense.

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Jason Van Dyke, left, sits with his attorney Daniel Herbert at his hearing at Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago Wednesday April 18, 2018.    (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Attorneys for Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke say prejudicial and inflammatory comments made by public officials have amounted to a "public execution" of their client.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is deposed in March as part of an investigation into the 2015 shooting death of West Side teen Quintonio LeGrier and his neighbor Bettie Jones by a Chicago police officer. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he hasn’t interfered with the investigation into the 2015 shooting death of a West Side teen and his neighbor by a Chicago police officer, according to newly released transcripts of his March deposition.

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CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the media Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

In an investigation dubbed “Operation Full Circle,” local and federal authorities say they recovered heroin, fentanyl, marijuana and more than a dozen firearms.

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The Chicago Crime Commission on Tuesday published its first new Gang Book in six years. In it, they examine the new and changing trends and issues within gang culture.