Man accused of killing Phoenix police officer enters guilty plea

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PHOENIX (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in the 2007 shooting death of a Phoenix police officer at a check-cashing store.

Edward James Rose's trial was scheduled to begin Friday in Maricopa County Superior Court before he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, conspiracy, fraud, theft, forgery and burglary.

A jury still needs to determine whether the 23-year-old Rose faces the death penalty or life in prison. That process will begin Monday.

Police say Rose's girlfriend distracted George Cortez Jr. as the officer was trying to arrest Rose for trying to cash a forged check on July 27, 2007. Authorities say that gave Rose the opportunity to shoot the 23-year-old officer. The shooting was captured on the store's surveillance video.