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Accused cop-killer's lawyer seeks more access

Darrell Fuller is escorted into Nassau County court

Darrell Fuller is escorted into Nassau County court in Mineola. Fuller, 33, is accused of fatally shooting Nassau County police officer Arthur Lopez and other man. (November 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The lawyer for a man accused of killing two people, including a Nassau police officer, complained to a judge yesterday that she has not been allowed to meet with him privately because he is in restricted custody at the Nassau County jail.

Victoria Brown-Douglas, who represents Darrell Fuller, 33, of Queens, said she has only been allowed to speak to her client in a booth at the jail, surrounded by four or five correction officers and separated by a Plexiglas window.

"I could not hear my client, and my client could not hear me unless I yelled," said Brown-Douglas, of Cambria Heights, Queens, in Nassau County Court in Mineola.

Judge Jerald Carter said he would call the Nassau County jail, where Fuller is being held, and ask about any security issues preventing Brown-Douglas and Fuller from meeting in one of the attorney-client conference rooms available to many prisoners at the jail.

A spokeswoman for the Nassau Sheriff's Department said that she did not know what Fuller's status is at the jail.

Prosecutors say Fuller, an ex-convict who had been out on parole since 2010, shot Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, of Babylon Village, after Lopez pulled him over Oct. 23 near 241st Street and Jamaica Avenue, on the Nassau-Queens border. They say minutes later, Fuller shot Raymond Facey, 58, of Brooklyn, and stole his car near the Cross Island Parkway.

Fuller then "staged his own shooting" in a failed attempt to make himself look like an "innocent victim," prosecutors said.

He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and other charges. If convicted, he will face life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is due back in court Feb. 13.

Uniformed police officers filled the courtroom Thursday, as they have at every court appearance since Fuller's arrest.

Brown-Douglas said she has not been able to view three DVDs that prosecutors say document "the entire period of time Fuller was in police custody" after his arrest and "any statements he made."

Prosecutor Mitchell Benson said he will provide copies of the DVDs before Fuller's next court date.

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