Cop: 6 witnesses picked officer's accused killer out
Nassau Police Officer Clarence Hudson's eyes locked on one man when he saw a suspect lineup after his partner's line-of-duty shooting death, a detective testified Wednesday.
Hudson sighed deeply and told police how he recognized Darrell Fuller, one of six men standing behind one-way glass at a police precinct.
"That's the guy who shot my partner," he said.
Nassau Det. John Lavelle testified that Hudson was among six witnesses who picked the man suspected of killing Officer Arthur Lopez and a Brooklyn construction worker out of a lineup.
Three other witnesses from crime scenes near the Nassau-Queens border couldn't identify Fuller, the detective said at a pretrial hearing in Mineola.
Fuller, 34, of St. Albans, faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the Oct. 23, 2012, shooting deaths of Lopez and Raymond Facey, 58. Fuller has pleaded not guilty.
Authorities say he fatally shot Lopez when the officer approached his car after a hit-and-run crash.
Fuller fled the scene at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue before shooting and carjacking Facey nearby on the Cross Island Parkway and driving away again, according to authorities.
Facey fell victim after pulling his car off the road to make a cellphone call, prosecutors said.
Police arrested Fuller several hours later after answering a 911 call about a male gunshot victim elsewhere in Queens, saying later that the defendant tried to look like a victim by staging his own shooting.
During cross-examination Wednesday, defense lawyer Kenneth St. Bernard asked Lavelle to describe Hudson's demeanor before he viewed the lineup.
The witness described the partner of the fallen cop as saddened and having feelings of survivor's guilt.
St. Bernard also elicited testimony showing the detective didn't ask any of the nine witnesses who viewed the lineup that night if they had watched television, read newspapers or used the Internet in the prior 24 hours.
He said Fuller's image already had been in news reports by that time.
More testimony is scheduled for next week.