MILWAUKEE — The trial for Michael Mattioli, the former Milwaukee police officer charged with homicide in the death of Joel Acevedo, has been pushed back almost a year, an attorney tells TMJ4 News.
Mattioli is facing one count of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide. Prosecutors say the homicide happened at a party at Mattioli’s home in April 2020 when he was off duty. They allege Mattioli put Acevedo in a chokehold after an argument escalated and Acevedo later died.
The Acevedo family’s attorney, B’Ivory Lamarr, tells TMJ4 News the trial was pushed back to sometime in June of next year.
Mattioli resigned from the police department in September of 2021, after serving as an officer since 2009.
The trial was set to begin in November, but now will start in June 2023. Three years since Joel’s death.
“I feel defeated in the court today. I felt discouraged,” said Maribel Acevedo, Joel Acevedo’s mother. “We want accountability,” his father, Jose added.
“It’s been a roller coaster ride for us,” Jose said.
The state said they are having a hard time getting a hold of a key witness: former Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, Dr. Brian Peterson.
Peterson suddenly retired back in September.
When we reached out to the county executive‘s office Friday, they told us it was an emergency retirement.
However, in an exclusive text exchange, Peterson said he did not initiate the departure and was asked to leave and given the option to retire.
Acevedo’s family attorney B’Ivory LaMarr said he’s seen other criminal cases move forward without the person who conducted the autopsy.
“The medical examiner‘s office has other medical examiners who can look at