Not guilty verdict for accused cop killer

December 18, 2008 3:04:22 PM PST
Outrage and disbelief after an accused cop killer is acquitted of murder. Robert Ellis was one of three defendants accused of killing officer Russel Timoshenko during a traffic stop in Brooklyn. He was found not guilty of the most serious charge on Wednesday.

It took the jurors 10-hours to reach a verdict. A verdict that was met with a very emotional reaction.

"It's obvious that these three animals killed a New York City police officer. To think that this mongrel just was carrying a gun, it's a disgrace and has a chilling affect on every New York City police officer. We hope that the other two jurys will see the evidence for what it is -- and come back with guilty verdicts," said PBA president Patrick Lynch.

There was outrage by the PBA president Wednesday night upon learning that the jury acquitted 35-year-old Robert Ellis of murder and attempted murder.

"We're very grateful that the jury carefully reviewed the evidence in this case," defense lawyer Danielle Eaddy said after the verdict was read.

Ellis was found guilty of weapon possession for having one of two guns that were fired at Officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan on July 9, 2007.

Officer Timoshenko, 23, was killed after being hit twice in the face. Detective Yan was shot in the chest. His bullet-resistant vest saved his life.

The officers were performing a routine traffic stop when gunfire broke out. Prosecutors allege that Ellis and 34-year-old Dexter Bostic were the gunmen. And they believe, 30-year-old Lee Woods was driving the car.

The three men were tried by separate trials.

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "I am stunned and disappointed by the verdict. My prayers are with the Timoshenko family as they contend with this ordeal."

Jurors watched surveillance tape from the shooting and heard Yan's 911 call. Yan testified, showing his scars from surgery to the jury. Timoshenko's mother also testified briefly in the case. Tatyana Timoshenko told jurors: "I had only just one son.

Ellis was found guilty of three counts of weapons possession. Those counts carry a 15-year sentence.

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