A former Leavenworth police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge likely will not be present next week for a status conference in his case.

A former Leavenworth police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge likely will not be present next week for a status conference in his case.

Matthew R. Harrington has filed a waiver of his court appearance, which will allow his attorney to appear on his behalf.

Harrington, 25, is charged with involuntary manslaughter for a July 11, 2017, shooting at 1708 Rose St. The shooting resulted in the death of Antonio Garcia Jr.

Harrington was an officer with the Leavenworth Police Department at the time of the shooting. He later was fired from the department.

Harrington made an initial court appearance last month in Leavenworth County District Court after he was indicted by a grand jury.

He is free on a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

The status conference hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Harrington signed a waiver of appearance, which was filed with the District Court on Sept. 14.

In the document, Harrington acknowledges he has the right to be present for the hearing but is waiving that right after conferring with his attorney.

Harrington had been with the Leavenworth Police Department for about 22 months at the time of the shooting. He was placed on leave after the incident.

In January, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens announced Harrington had been terminated following a professional standards investigation. The chief said he concluded that Harrington had violated department policy concerning the use of deadly force.

After the shooting, Garcia’s wife, Heather, was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly tampering with evidence. She later resolved this case by entering into a diversion agreement.

Heather Garcia and other family members have filed a lawsuit against the city of Leavenworth, seeking the release of police video of the shooting.

A hearing on a motion in the lawsuit is scheduled for Tuesday.

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