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NYPD officer Brian Moore was gunned down on May 2, 2015 in Queens after he and his partner tried to stop a man suspected of carrying a gun
That man, Demetrius Blackwell, opened fire, striking Moore in the head; the 25-year-old officer died two days later at a hospital
Prosecutors had described Blackwell as uncaring and remorseless; he now faces life in prison
A Queens man has been found guilty of murder and other charges in the slaying of a 25-year-old NYPD officer gunned down in his patrol car, right next to his partner, two and a half years ago.
Demetrius Blackwell, a 37-year-old whom Queens Assistant District Attorney Dan Saunders had described in closing arguments as a "remorseless" man who "just doesn't give a damn," faces life in prison after his conviction Thursday in the death of officer Brian Moore.
The verdict came on the second day of deliberations.
In closing arguments following a three-week trial, prosecutors said Blackwell was primarily concerned about who won the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout as Moore lay dying at a hospital.
The young officer, who was also the son, nephew and cousin of cops, and his partner were in street clothes in an unmarked car on May 2, 2015 when they tried to question Blackwell, who was suspected of carrying a handgun. As they rode alongside Blackwell, he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired a number of shots at the officers, hitting Moore twice in the head, authorities have said.
He died two days later at a hospital. Moore's partner wasn't hurt.
The defense argued that Blackwell has severe mental health issues and was not in control of his actions.
"Mr. Blackwell has seizures and psychosis mixtures that shows he was not responsible," his attorney David Bart argued. "He acted badly, wrongly and stupidly, but it was not intent to kill," he added.
Saunders countered, saying there was "no loss of self-control."
"Officer Brian Moore was killed because he was a police officer," Saunders said.