Trial for NYC subway shooting suspect Frank James tentatively set for 2023

The government gathered photos and records and turned them over to the defense.

July 25, 2022, 5:59 PM

Accused New York City subway shooter Frank James will tentatively stand trial early next year for allegedly opening fire on a Manhattan-bound N train in Brooklyn in April.

A federal judge in Brooklyn on Monday set a trial date for Feb. 27, 2023, after prosecutors disclosed a vast amount of evidence in the case.

"Videotaped post-arrest statements made by the defendant on or about April 13, 2022," along with "videos of the defendant collected from YouTube," will all be part of the case, prosecutors said in a court filing.

The government has collected numerous photos, records and reports and turned them over to James' defense team.

On April 12, James allegedly shot and wounded 10 commuters before he was caught in the East Village following a manhunt through parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. No one was killed.

PHOTO: Frank James, the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting, is escorted from an NYPD precinct in Manhattan, New York, April 13, 2022.
Frank James, the suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting, is escorted from an NYPD precinct in Manhattan, New York, April 13, 2022.
Stephen Yang/Reuters, FILE

James has pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism charges. He was also charged with discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Police said he drove to Brooklyn in a rented U-Haul not too far from the 36 Street station from which he slipped away after the shooting on a train across the platform.

Law enforcement officials set off on a 24-hour manhunt for the suspect right after the shooting. Several callers to the New York Police Department tipline said a man matching the description of the shooter was wandering around the Lower East Side and East Village.

James himself was one of those people police believe called into the tipline. The caller claimed police were looking for him and he'd be waiting at a McDonald's on Sixth Street and First Avenue. Police responded to the area, and James was arrested without incident shortly afterward.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

ABC News' Teddy Grant contributed to this report.

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