Death penalty sought for 2 in Chandler officer's killing

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against two men charged in the killing of a Chandler police officer who was ambushed during a drug sting in July.

Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley announced Wednesday that his office has filed allegations seeking the death penalty against 36-year-old Darnell Jackson and 34-year-old Eldridge Gittens.

His office is still deciding whether to seek the death penalty against a third man accused in the killing, 26-year-old Jerry Wayne Cockhearn.

Officials say three undercover Chandler officers went to a south Phoenix home for a planned rip-off by drug dealers. The suspects opened fire and killed Detective Carlos Ledesma.

The other two officers returned fire, killing two suspects and injuring another.