Not guilty plea in fatal shootings of Officer Arthur Lopez, Raymond Facey
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A Queens man accused of fatally shooting a Nassau County police officer and another man last month walked into a courtroom packed with the slain cop's colleagues Monday and pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder.
Darrell Fuller, 33, was held without bail in the Oct. 23 deaths of Officer Arthur Lopez and Raymond Facey. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
"He killed two people: a police officer and an innocent bystander," James Carver, who heads Nassau's Police Benevolent Association, said outside court. "Many lives have been destroyed."
Lopez's sister and several of Facey's family members left the Nassau County courthouse in Mineola without speaking to reporters. Fuller's lawyer, Victoria Brown-Douglas of Cambria Heights, Queens, also declined to comment after the proceeding.
A man who said he supported Fuller but would not give his name or describe his relationship to the suspect, said: "He's not a monster. I stand by him."
Fuller had entered the courtroom wearing a stunned expression. The ex-convict, out on parole in 2010, shot Lopez, 29, of Babylon Village, as the officer approached his car near 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue on the Nassau-Queens border, police said. Minutes later, Fuller shot Facey, 58, of Brooklyn, and stole his car near the Cross Island Parkway, prosecutors said.
Fuller finally "staged his own shooting" in a failed attempt to make himself look like an "innocent victim," prosecutors said. Investigators believe he may have had an accomplice inflict those wounds. Gerald Williams, 27, of Kew Gardens, was arrested by NYPD and Nassau police and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
In court, Assistant District Attorney Michael Walsh said he was serving Fuller's lawyer with notice that the prosecution has a written statement from Fuller, three DVDs documenting "the entire period of time Fuller was in police custody" after his arrest and "any statements he made."
The indictment against Fuller includes three counts of first-degree murder: one on killing a police officer; a second that he killed Facey while stealing his car, which is also a felony; and a third because prosecutors say Fuller killed more than one person in the course of one criminal act.
The indictment includes a count of second-degree murder in Facey's death, two robbery counts and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, Walsh said.