Jury finds Bryan Hulsey guilty of 1st-degree murder in police officer's death

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX (AP) -- A jury on Monday convicted a man of murder in the 2007 shooting of a Glendale police officer during a routine traffic stop.

Bryan Wayne Hulsey, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Officer Anthony Holly, 24. Hulsey also was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder of another officer.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday so the jury can determine whether there were "aggravating factors" in the case that make Hulsey eligible for a death sentence.

Hulsey was a passenger in the vehicle that had been pulled over for speeding and not having a license plate. Holly was there to serve as backup to another officer who made the traffic stop.

Hulsey exited the vehicle, said, "I've got something for you," and fired two shots, one of which hit Holly, prosecutors said.

Hulsey's lawyers have denied he killed Holly and instead alleged that another officer who had pulled over the vehicle had panicked and unintentionally shot him.

Prosecutors say Hulsey was upset during the stop and complained that they were being pulled over for having a cracked windshield.

Authorities say Hulsey got out of the vehicle and started firing, prompting the officer who made the stop to fire back and strike Hulsey in one of his legs.

Defense attorneys said Holly was unintentionally shot by the other officer based on the fact that the bullet that killed Holly wasn't recovered during the autopsy, though tiny metal fragments remained in his body.


Glendale Police Chief Debora Black Statement on Verdict:

"Seven years, 5 months and 9 days ago Glendale Police Officer Tony Holly was killed in the line of duty. Today, a jury has confirmed that Brian Wayne Hulsey is guilty of murdering Tony as well as the attempted murder of Officer David Goitia. While the decision today cannot relieve the pain of losing Tony, we are hopeful that it provides some comfort for his family, our department and our community. We continue to remain steadfast in our assertion that justice for Tony and his family will prevail as we enter the penalty phase of the trial."


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