Trial date set for 2 charged in officer's death

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A new trial date has been set for two men charged in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer during a traffic stop in metro Phoenix.

The trial date for Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas was moved to Jan. 6.

Arthur and Thomas have pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the May 24 death of Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department.

Authorities say Arthur shot the officer before Cabrera got out of his car.

Thomas is accused of supplying the rifle, driving the car stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the stop.

Investigators say Arthur acknowledged shooting at the store's gas pumps but said he didn't intend to shoot Cabrera.

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