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January 8, 1993
Deploying 65 police officers for the pre-dawn arrest Wednesday of a couple of alleged cop killers may have struck some Philadelphians as excessive. Would the police be half so zealous if an ordinary citizen had been murdered instead? But something far larger than tribal loyalty is at work here. The police place themselves at constant risk in their mission of keeping the city as safe as possible for the rest of us. When an officer is shot and the killer escapes, the system itself is placed at risk.
NEWS
December 7, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A man who killed a police officer while he was out on parole for murdering his parents was put to death yesterday. Daniel Hittle, 50, was the 39th person to get a lethal injection in Texas this year. Hittle was condemned for killing police officer Gerald Walker of Garland, Texas, during a traffic stop on Nov. 15, 1989. He was convicted only of that crime, but police said that after shooting Walker in the chest with a shotgun, Hittle went to the house of his alleged drug dealer and killed four other people, including a four-year-old girl.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
One juror meant the difference between life and death for convicted cop killer Michael "Spock" LaCava. Because one woman insisted on resuming deliberations when the rest of the jurors wanted to call it quits, the 26-year-old LaCava was sentenced over the weekend to die by lethal injection for the murder of Police Officer Joaquin "Jack" Montijo in June 1990. "Obviously she made a difference," Assistant District Attorney Joel Rosen said yesterday. "The jury would have come out hung.
NEWS
September 14, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Convicted cop killer Warren "Steady B" McGlone told the appeals court that evidence that he was involved in the 1996 murder of Police Officer Lauretha Vaird is "virtually nonexistent. " But the state Superior Court sharply disagreed last week. "Contrary to McGlone's claims, the evidence against him is far from nonexistent," said the court. "It is overwelming. " In denying McGlone's appeal to overturn his second-degree murder conviction and life sentence, Judge Phyllis W. Beck said McGlone, 28, was "the driver of the getaway car," and noted that he "made a complete confesssion . . . " Beck also pointed out that "a gun found at the scene was purchased for him" by a female friend.
NEWS
July 21, 2010 | By MENSAH M. DEAN, 215-854-5949
A Philadelphia judge this morning struck from the record testimony given by accused cop killer Eric Deshann Floyd after he refused to answer the prosecutor's questions. Floyd, 35, one of two men on trial for the May 3, 2008 murder of police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, denied taking part in the killing and denied taking part in two home invasions in the weeks leading up to the officer's death. Floyd fell silent after Assistant District Attorney Jude Conroy continued to press him about his involvement in the crimes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1992 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This story includes information from the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times and USA Today
Ice-T has agreed not to perform "Cop Killer" at a concert next week in San Diego after an appeal by the director of Jack Murphy Stadium, the gig's venue. Bill Wilson, also an ex-cop, told promoters that the rapper should either be dropped from Wednesday's show or be forbidden to perform the song. He noted: "We've got several hundred police officers working this event and I just don't think that's an appropriate song. " More than 230 San Diego cops will be part of the security force at the show, which includes appearances by Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
NEWS
June 7, 1991 | by Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
Accused cop killer Edward Bracey was held for trial yesterday in the slaying of Police Officer Kevin Boyle, and then, a few hours later, was ordered to stand trial in another homicide that occurred about two weeks before Boyle was shot to death. Common Pleas Judge Martin Bashoff ordered Bracey and two co-defendants to stand trial in the Jan. 19 murder of Derek Neal Barnes, also known as Derek Neal Holley, 21, of 13th Street near Elder, North Philadelphia. The trio allegedly suspected Barnes of stealing from the girlfriend of one of the defendants.
NEWS
February 8, 1995 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
On a day nothing really happened in the murder trial of accused cop-killer Borgela Philistin: He tells the judge in the 11th hour that his lawyer is crummy, and he wants him off the case. And no, he doesn't want to take the stand in his own defense. The judge gets mad that Philistin keeps insisting on a new lawyer. She raises her voice and wags her finger at him. The defense attorney gets mad, and barks at Philistin to "shut up. " He tells the judge he'd love to be off the case.
NEWS
July 23, 1992 | BY PETE DEXTER
It is not my intention today to make the case that Charlton Heston is a deep thinker, but, giving the man his due, when he spoke last week before Time Warner's annual shareholders' meeting about that company's continued marketing and sale of the album "Body Count," specifically the song "Cop Killer," he did find his way to the heart of the entertainment world's hypocrisy. And that is sorting through a lot of garbage to find Grandma's dentures. As you probably know, Time Warner has been under pressure from various police organizations to take the album, in which rapper Ice-T romanticizes the assassination of police officers, off the shelves of record stores where impressionable children are likely to find them.
NEWS
October 11, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a break for Columbus Day, a Common Pleas Court judge, the prosecution, and defense lawyers will try again this week to complete a jury for the death penalty trial of Rasheed Scrugs, accused killer of Police Officer John Pawlowski. Last week, eight jurors were chosen from more than 350 prospects called to the Criminal Justice Center. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes had said she hoped to begin testimony Tuesday, but the pace flagged, with just one juror picked since Thursday. A panel of 12 and four alternates is required.
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NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHANCIER McFARLAND, testifying yesterday as a prosecution witness in the shooting death of off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr., said he and co-defendant Rafael Jones were looking for someone to rob in the early morning of Aug. 18, 2012. Their target? "Someone that looked easy, who wouldn't put up a fight," McFarland, 21, said at the nonjury murder trial of Jones, 25. McFarland, testifying in a low voice and not making eye contact with Jones, said he and Jones first drove around North Philly in a car shortly after 5 a.m. that day. McFarland had with him a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun, which he had previously stolen from a friend.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
BEFORE A PACKED courtroom yesterday, a Common Pleas judge found Rafael Jones guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2012 shooting death of off-duty Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. Jones, 25, of North Philly, did not react when Judge Jeffrey Minehart announced the guilty verdicts. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison when he is sentenced March 6. Prosecutors withdrew their intention to seek the death penalty after Jones on Monday waived his right to a jury trial and decided to proceed with a bench trial.
NEWS
December 11, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice Gibbs said he was playing cards with friends outside a Bartram Village apartment on Aug. 20, 2012, when a childhood friend, Rafael Jones, walked up. Gibbs said the only thing more surprising than seeing a friend he had not seen in almost seven years was what Jones said after drawing him aside: that he had killed a police officer. "Did you see or hear anything about a cop killing on the news?" Gibbs said Jones asked him. "I said, 'No, I don't watch TV,' " Gibbs said.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ACCUSED COP-KILLER Rafael Jones is expected to face trial next week, attorneys confirmed yesterday. Jones, 25, is accused of fatally shooting off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 20th Street in North Philly about 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012, during a robbery. During a short status briefing before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart yesterday, Assistant District Attorneys Jude Conroy and Brian Zarallo and defense attorney Michael Coard confirmed that they will be ready for trial on Monday.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
HAWLEY, Pa. - Eric Frein, the suspected cop-killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, surrendered Thursday after being discovered in an open field near an abandoned airplane hangar, officials said. At a late-night news conference, Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said Frein would be charged with murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, and possession of weapons of mass destruction.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged a Vermont college Thursday to revoke its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker, blasting the decision to give the platform to a convicted cop killer. "Is there any crime so heinous that Goddard would not reward the perpetrator with a spot as commencement speaker?" Toomey asked in his letter to Robert Kenny, the interim president of tiny Goddard College. On Sunday afternoon the school is scheduled to have Abu-Jamal address 20 graduates in a prerecorded speech from prison.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Police hunting for alleged cop killer Eric Frein continued Monday to prevent some residents from leaving or getting to their homes in the search area of Barrett and Price Townships in Monroe County. Emil Rolando, 68, said late Monday morning that he and his wife have not been able to leave their house for three days. And that's a problem, because they are running out of the milk and eggs Rolando's wife needs for a special high-protein diet. A friend of Rolando's, who had to spend the night because he could not return to his own house, also needs to get home to get his medicine for high blood pressure and low insulin.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
GOV. CORBETT took the next step yesterday in bringing the ultimate punishment to the confessed killer of Officer Chuck Cassidy. But there's still a long road of bureaucracy ahead in that tragic case, authorities said. Corbett signed the execution warrant for Lewis Jordan, 27, who was convicted in 2009 of shooting Cassidy in the head during the robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts in West Oak Lane in 2007. Jordan has been on death row since his conviction, but sources close to Corbett say the governor took the earliest opportunity available to sign the order.
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