Attorneys for a former Leavenworth police officer who is charged with involuntary manslaughter appeared in court Wednesday on behalf of their client.

Attorneys for a former Leavenworth police officer who is charged with involuntary manslaughter appeared in court Wednesday on behalf of their client.

Former police Officer Matthew R. Harrington had waived his right to appear at the hearing and was not present for Wednesday’s status conference. Attorneys Jeff Kratofil and Nicholas Ruble appeared on Harrington’s behalf.

The case was continued until Oct. 31.

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, who is free on a $50,000 bond, made an initial appearance last month in Leavenworth County District Court after he was indicted by a grand jury.

In court Wednesday, Kratofil asked District Judge Michael Gibbens to schedule another status conference in the case.

“We’re still going through discovery, consulting with experts,” Kratofil said.

He said the defense attorneys are not ready to schedule a motions hearing in the case.

Assistant County Attorney Shawn Boyd, who is one of the prosecutors in the case, said defense attorneys may file a motion arguing that Harrington is immune from prosecution.

“The state would need time to respond to that as well,” Boyd said.

Kratofil asked if his client’s appearance also can be waived for the Oct. 31 status conference.

“You can as long as he signs a written waiver,” Gibbens said.

Court records indicate Harrington now lives in Nevada.

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