Raymond Facey's widow comforted by nursing student's attempt to aid dying husband
Slaying victim Raymond Facey's widow cried while clutching a frame holding photos of him as a witness testified in a Mineola court Monday about pulling over on a parkway to help the dying man.
Then enrolled in nursing school, Tobiann Hall, 27, of Queens, testified the Brooklyn man was conscious at first, but couldn't talk after she came to his aid.
"I did feel a pulse," Hall said at the trial of Darrell Fuller, the man facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Facey and Nassau police Officer Arthur Lopez on Oct. 23, 2012. Fuller faces a life prison term if convicted of first-degree murder.
Hall said she and a nursing school colleague elevated Facey's legs to help him, but his pulse stopped after three or four minutes.
But before that happened, Hall said, she let the 58-year-old shooting victim know he wasn't alone -- words his widow, June Facey, said later she found comforting despite her heartbreak.
"That's priceless. That's a million bucks," Facey, 63, told Newsday. "Because my greatest fear most of the time when I worry and cry, I always say, nobody was there to hold his hand."
Authorities contend Fuller, 34, of Queens, shot Lopez to death during a traffic stop at 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue near the Nassau-Queens border after fleeing an accident. Then on parole, Fuller drove off again and carjacked Facey a short distance away on the southbound Cross Island Parkway so he could escape the area in the victim's car, authorities said.
Witness Patria Cunningham, 28, a receptionist from Nassau County, testified Monday about seeing Lopez on the ground, with another officer trying to help him, as she entered the parkway.
As she headed south, Cunningham said, she was an eyewitness to the second shooting.
Identifying Fuller, the witness said she saw him walk up to Facey's car and point a gun at him before she saw "a flash" explode from the weapon.
Cunningham said she then saw Fuller pull the victim from his car, kick him and leave him on the ground before driving off in the victim's car.
Police also testified Monday about recovering evidence at both crime scenes.
Nassau Det. Gordon Torraville recalled finding a bullet casing, a Taser and blood on the ground near Lopez's police truck. Authorities have said that Lopez, a 29-year-old Emergency Service Unit officer, approached Fuller with a Taser before the man shot him in the chest. Torraville testified there also was a bullet strike to the truck's passenger door, but police never found that bullet.
Nassau Det. Scott McLaughlin testified about finding two bullet casings near Facey's body in the road, as a prosecutor showed a series of photos that acting state Supreme Court Justice Jerald Carter warned would be graphic.
June Facey closed her eyes, tears sliding down her face again, as jurors saw a close-up photo of a bullet wound to her late husband's jaw.
As family held on to her, the widow held on to the frame, where a verse next to photos of her husband said he was "not lost" because he had found "comfort in the hand of God."