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Jury Begins Deliberations In Trial Of Accused Cop Killer

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The case against a man accused of gunning down a Brooklyn police officer is now in the hands of a jury.

In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors in the murder trial of Lamont Pride said he intentionally shot and killed Detective Peter Figoski while robbing a drug dealer in Cypress Hills.

Jurors saw tapes of police interviews with Pride after the shooting where he said he accidentally shot Figoski while running away.

Jurors asked Thursday to hear a read-back of some of the charges that Pride has been hit with, as well as hear some of the testimony of Figoski's partner, Glen Estrada.

Pride faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

Meanwhile, testimony is still being heard for alleged getaway driver Michael Velez.

He faced fierce examination on the stand Thursday, speaking in his own defense.

He claimed he was only present to buy marijuana with his friends, and knew nothing of plans to rob the drug dealer.

Velez said he ran away when he heard a gunshot.

Prosecutor Ken Taub went at Velez aggressively, trying to get him to tell a different story, but Velez kept to his story.

Velez will be back on the stand Friday as his cross-examination continues.

Two other suspects involved in the case have not yet been tried.

A fifth suspect, Ariel Tejada, has chosen to testify against the four defendants.

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