Cooley trial postponed to April amid COVID concerns

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The general court-martial trial of Air Force Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley, scheduled to begin here January 10, has been continued by the military judge until April 18.

The shift occurred, in part, due to COVID concerns among the trial participants. 

A sexual assault charge, with three specifications under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, was referred against Cooley as result of an August 12, 2018 off-duty incident in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The trial is expected to take up to 14 days once it begins.

Just as in civilian criminal proceedings, Cooley is presumed innocent unless or until proven otherwise by a competent legal authority.