2 former cops nearly cleared of deadly shooting

Fortune
Fortune
Posted: November 27, 2013

A PHILADELPHIA jury handed down a mixed verdict late yesterday when it deadlocked, acquitted and convicted two former police officers on a range of charges in relation to a young man who was slain over a pizza robbery.

The jury of four men and eight women deadlocked on the manslaughter charge against Chauncey Ellison, who, along with Robin Fortune, was on trial in the 2008 death of Lawrence Allen, 20, a young father and husband.

Prosecutors believed Ellison shot Allen after a friend of the victim robbed a pizza from Ellison's 14-year-old son. Allen, left paralyzed by the shooting, died three months later of an infection.

Ellison, 40, was found not guilty of conspiracy to commit manslaughter and possession of instrument of crime, according to lead lawyer Brian J. McMonagle. He was convicted of recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor, McMonagle added.

Fortune, 45, was accused of egging on Ellison during the confrontation in front of Allen's West Oak Lane home.

She was convicted of recklessly endangering another person, but the jury deadlocked on the charge of conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment of another person.

Ellison and Fortune were dating and living together at the time of the shooting. They were fired from the police department in 2010, and last year were charged criminally after a grand-jury investigation.

Attempts to reach the District Attorney's Office to see if it would retry the defendants were not returned.


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