Trial opens in killing of NYPD officer

October 15, 2008 5:59:17 PM PDT
The trial of a man accused along with former "Sopranos" actor Lillo Brancato Jr. of killing an off-duty New York police officer has opened with the prosecution saying the defendant, Steven Armento, fired first. But Armento's lawyer, William Flack, said Wednesday that his client fired only after Officer Daniel Enchautegui (En-chow-TAY'-gee) fired, injuring both Armento and Brancato.

Authorities say Enchategui confronted the two men after they broke into an apartment to look for prescription drugs.

Flack says the defendants were unaware Enchautegui was a police officer because he was off duty.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association says about 70 police officers filled the small Bronx courtroom.

Brancato and Armento are being tried separately. Brancato's murder trial is set for Oct. 28.

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