New York Daily News

October 14, 2009 


Jury find Lee Woods guilty on charges of murder, attempted murder of officer Russel Timoshenko

BY Scott Shifrel, Rachel Monahan and Bill Hutchinson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

  Police officer Russel Timoshenko, who was killed on July 9, 2007.
 

Police officer Russel Timoshenko, who was killed on July 9, 2007.

  Lee Woods
 

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    Lee Woods

Justice rang for the heartbroken parents of rookie cop Russel Timoshenko on Monday when a Brooklyn jury convicted the last of three thugs charged in the officer's cold-blooded murder.

The packed courtroom was quiet as the jury of nine men and three women read off guilty verdicts for ex-con Lee Woods, 31, on charges of murdering Timoshenko and attempting to murder his partner Herman Yan.

"It won't bring Russel back, but I hope it will ease the Timoshenko family their pain," Yan said outside the courtroom, prompting applause from the uniformed cops crowding the corridor.

The Supreme Court jury reached its decision just before 4 p.m. after deliberating for about 18 hours over three days.

Woods also was found guilty on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He was acquitted of a minor gun charge.

As the verdict was read, Timoshenko's parents, Leonid and Tatyana, held hands and cried. The father kissed a necklace pendant bearing the photo of his slain son.

The couple glared at Woods and nodded with satisfaction as he was shackled and led away.

Woods showed no emotion, refusing to look at the heartbroken parents.

He faces life without parole, plus an extra 55 years when sentenced April 2.

Tatyana Timoshenko said she wishes the jury could have heard Woods' extensive rap sheet, containing weapons charges and assaults dating back more than a decade.

"If they had known about all the crimes he had committed before this it would have been easier for them," the mother said.

Woods' first trial ended in a mistrial. He will get the same sentence another ex-con, Dexter Bostic, 36, got for the July 9, 2007, murder of Timoshenko.

The other member of the thuggish trio, Robert Ellis, 35, was cleared of murder charges, but convicted on a gun rap. He got 15 years.

Prosecutors Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi and Mark Hale praised the jury for rejecting Woods' defense that he was only driving the night Timoshenko and Yan stopped their stolen BMW SUV.

"We are relieved ... that he will never get out of prison again," Nicolazzi said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly commended the Timoshenkos for demonstrating "such fortitude as they waited patiently for some measure of justice."

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch also applauded the "verdict that will keep this animal off the streets. He will never kill another New York City police officer."

Defense lawyer Patrick Megaro said Woods was calm after the verdict. "He said, 'How quickly can we get the appeal going,'" Megaro said.