Judge rules profane etching on former officer's AR-15 inadmissible as evidence for murder case

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A judge ruled that profane etching on a former Mesa police officer's AR-15 is inadmissible as evidence for his murder case. (Source: Mesa PD Department) A judge ruled that profane etching on a former Mesa police officer's AR-15 is inadmissible as evidence for his murder case. (Source: Mesa PD Department)
Former officer Philip Brailsford is facing a murder charge in the fatal 2016 shooting of an unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, at a La Quinta Inn. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Former officer Philip Brailsford is facing a murder charge in the fatal 2016 shooting of an unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, at a La Quinta Inn. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A judge ruled that the profane etching on a former Mesa police officer's AR-15 is inadmissible as evidence for his murder case.

Former officer Philip Brailsford is facing a murder charge in the fatal 2016 shooting of an unarmed man, Daniel Shaver, at a La Quinta Inn.

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Inscribed on the dust cover of Brailsford's AR-15 patrol rifle were the words "You're f----ed". The same rifle Brailsford used to shoot 26-year-old Shaver.

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Maricopa County Superior Court Judge George Foster found the evidence inadmissible on Friday.

On January 18, 2016, Brailsford responded to a report of Shaver pointing a rifle outside the window of a La Quinta Inn room. Officers said he repeatedly disobeyed orders.

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"Please don't shoot me," the Mesa Police Department report quotes Shaver as saying.

Brailsford then fatally shot Shaver.

No weapons were recovered from Shaver's body but investigators did find two pellet guns, which were related to his pest control job. Police said the guns were presumably what witnesses saw in Shaver's hotel room.

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Prosecutors later concluded the shooting was not justified and Brailsford was later fired for policy violations.

Brailsford pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him in 2016 and appealed the ruling that found there's enough probable cause for him to be tried on the murder charge.

The Arizona Court of Appeals rejected his argument that he was denied a fair preliminary hearing in March.

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