As Losada, and, most likely, other KPD officers may be called as witnesses if the case goes to trial, the defense alleges that it is improper for witnesses to launch a campaign to endorse or bolster the extent of its investigation. The motion cites precedent for gag orders and prohibition of comments being made in other cases.
"Mr. Rider is being unfairly prejudiced by the extrajudicial comments by members of the Knoxville Police Department to the media, as Mr. Rider cannot and will not respond in kind," the motion reads. In closing, the defense asks the court to prohibit Losada, the Knoxville Police Department and any other law enforcement agency involved in the investigation from making comments to the media.
Losada, as well as Marion County Attorney Ed Bull, declined to comment on the defense's motion. Judge Gregory Hulse filed an order setting a hearing on this motion for April 4 at 9 a.m.
A request for expanded media coverage, which would allow cameras and other recording equipment inside the courtroom during this case, was also filed on March 11. No ruling has been made on this request, though a previous ruling by Judge Steve Guiter has sealed the criminal complaint and other paperwork associated with the case, to try to protect the identity of the accuser.
The Journal-Express will continue to follow this case as it moves forward.