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.
December 7, 2000 |
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.
July 1, 1991 |
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.
July 21, 2010 |
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.
September 14, 1998 |
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.
September 26, 1992 |
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.
June 7, 1991 |
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.
February 8, 1995 |
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.
July 23, 1992 |
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.
October 11, 2010 |
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.