Updated 02/06/2013 07:02 PM
Defense For Policeman's Accused Killer Gives Final Argument That Shooting Was Accidental
As summations ended Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a police officer during an attempted robbery in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn in 2011, defense lawyers argued one last time that the shooting was accidental. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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It was show and tell for Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub as he delivered his closing arguments to jurors.
Taub bent down, touching the courtroom floor, imitating defendant Lamont Pride's videotaped statement to police in December of 2011.
In it, Pride jumped on the floor, saying he fell while trying to run from police, and that's when the gun he was holding went off accidentally, killing Detective Peter Figoski.
Taub said that was nonsense.
"If you want to be sure of the result, as sure as you can be, you don't fire at his leg. You don't fire at his chest. You shoot him in the head," Taub said. "That's what this defendant did."
The prosecution has argued that Pride and four other men were robbing a drug dealer on Pine Street, and that when officers responded, Pride shot Figoski in the face. If he's convicted of intentionally killing the officer, Pride would go to prison for life.
But the defense said during its closing arguments that Pride did not intend to kill a police officer.
"We hope the jury has the courage, and I believe they do, to not listen to the defense's fiction story, but listen to the facts in the case," said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.
After the judge gives jurors instruction on how to deliberate on the charges against Pride, a separate set of jurors will hear closing arguments in the case against Michael Velez.
He's accused of being the getaway driver.
Meanwhile, Figoski's 79-year-old father was back in court Wednesday, a day after he became unresponsive in the courtroom and was rushed to the hospital.
"To then have to sit and graphically listen to this in a hot, packed courtroom, he's doing fine," Lynch said. "He's strong. His sons are strong. His granddaughters are strong. They'll get through this."