MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – A New York City ex-convict accused of killing a suburban police officer and a second man has gone on trial.
Opening statements began Monday in Darrell Fuller’s first-degree murder case.
The 34-year-old Fuller has pleaded not guilty in the October 2012 killing of Nassau County Police Officer Arthur Lopez and a second man. The second victim was killed during a carjacking after the officer was shot.
Lopez approached Fuller because he suspected Fuller had been involved in a hit-and-run accident.
The openings were delayed from Monday morning after Fuller’s defense attorney asked to move the trial from Nassau County to another jurisdiction. He made the request late last week.
The openings were on hold until an appellate court could rule on the request. It was denied shortly before noon.