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City of Memphis seeks restrictions for talking to media in Stewart case

Murray Wells (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) Murray Wells (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

Progress towards a civil trial in the Darrius Stewart case took another step forward Friday. Attorneys for the City of Memphis and Stewart met in federal court.

City of Memphis asked the judge to set boundaries on what everyone involved in the court case can discuss outside of court. Supporters of setting the speech restrictions say they are necessary for keeping pre-trial prejudice at a minimum.

"The notion that the press can't be involved in public proceedings or somehow we can't speak to the press about a case we feel is important to this community was new to us," Stewart family attorney Murray Wells said.

The judge asked City of Memphis to file a formal request asking for and outlining those boundaries. Attorneys for the Stewart family expect the judge to deny that motion.

The city has already filed a court order to dismiss the case.

Friday's hearing comes days after the Department of Justice, citing insufficient evidence, denied to press federal charges against former Memphis police officer Conner Schilling in the death of Darrius Stewart. Schilling fatally shot Stewart during a traffic stop in November 2015. Schilling later retired from the force. Attorneys for the city had no comment on the civil case.

According to Murray Wells the civil case is not likely to get underway until early 2018.

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