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Defendant Charged With First-Degree Murder in Cop Shooting

Darrell Fuller arraigned Thursday morning on multiple charges.

Alleged cop killer Darrell Fuller was charged with two counts of first-degree murder at his arraignment Thursday morning.

Fuller, 33, of St. Albans, allegedly shot and killed 29-year-old Nassau police officer Arthur Lopez and 52-year-old Queens resident Raymond Facey Tuesday morning in Bellerose Terrace.

Police said that Lopez was gunned down by Fuller after pulling the defendant's car over on 241st St. in Queens.

A short time later, Facey was allegedly shot by Fuller while he was pulled over on the Cross Island Parkway to take a phone call from his daughter, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.

"Two honorable men lost their lives," Rice said at a press conference Thursday. "... For these despicable crimes, Darrell Fuller faces the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole."

Along with the murder charges, Fuller was also charged with one count of robbery in the first degree, two counts of criminal possession of weapon in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.

Major Offense Bureau Chief Mitchell Benson said that investigators have gathered "ample evidence" against Fuller including eyewitness accounts, lineup identifications, telephone records, forensic evidence, ballistics evidence that connects all of the shootings in this case and a murder weapon.

Benson said that while Fuller acted alone in the shootings, he did receive assistance from "associates" afterward.

"He did reach out to associates and he did engineer a situation in which he would be wounded apparently or to try to create the impression that he was an innocent victim," Benson said.

One of Fuller's associates was arrested in Queens, Benson confirmed. The associate was found with the murder weapon, as well as a second weapon to which he admitted ownership. He is being charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

A plea deal was reached on Fuller's most recent sentence for drug possession in 2010, which put him back on the streets after just nine months. However, Benson assured residents that a plea deal would not be possible this time around.

"We're going to pursue the maximum penalty," he said.

bob young October 25, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Now these are charges we can all get behind. Lets make sure he gets the death penalty
Vin NY October 25, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Yes Bob. It's time.
Sean Hassett October 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM
We don't the death penalty in New York State, although this piece of scum deserves it. Apparantly it is cheaper to lock them up for life and avoid all the legal fees from the appeals, so I'm ok with that as long as their time in prison is devoid of all things fun or interesting and is as boring and miserable as possible.
lookyloo October 26, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I happened to be working in the First District Court in Hempstead yesterday morning. The hallway all the way to the arraignment Court room was lined with police officers three deep. It was an amazing show of support for their fallen brother. Of couse those police charged with bringing the POS into court had thier rifles. I am in that courthouse several times a week for the last 15 years and I've never seen anything like it.
Dave Kloven October 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
When is Kathleen Rice going to answer why this pos was charged with 2 felonies and allowed to plea to 2 misd while he was on parole in 2010 ? Why didn't nys parole violate his parole terms and send him back to jail?
Dave Kloven October 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Dear Ms Rice, how does it feel to have blood on your hands? How are your famous liberal drug programs working out?
Dylan October 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
good question
bob young October 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
because Kathleen Rice and her band of second rate law school grads are incompetent perhaps
NYB October 27, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Seems like it was a pretty standard deal. Without deals like that the trial dockets would be overrun as would the prisons. Nailing everyone who deserves it with a felony is just money we don't have these days.
bob young October 27, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Really, they are pursuing the maximum penalty this time around? You mean they aren't going to offer this scum that killed two people in cold blood a deal to do some community service? I realize how incompetent DA Rice and her staff are, but even they should be able to get a conviction here

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