New York Daily News

 Updated: June 11, 2015, 4:45 PM

  

 

Demetrius Blackwell pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of NYPD Officer Brian Moore

BY ELI ROSENBERG

THEODORE PARISIENNE/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEW
Demetrius Blackwell faces a mandatory sentence of life with no parole if he’s convicted of the murder of NYPD Officer Brian Moore.

The father of slain Police Officer Brian Moore was in Queens Supreme Court on Thursday to watch his son’s alleged killer get arraigned on first-degree murder charges.

"I wish New York had the death penalty because I'd love to pull the switch," Raymond Moore told reporters after watching Demetrius Blackwell, 35, plead not guilty to gunning down his son on a Queens street last month.

Blackwell, 35, is charged with 12 crimes in total, including the attempted murder of Officer Erik Jansen, Moore's partner.

He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no parole if convicted of the crime.

Blackwell was also indicted on smaller charges — authorities say he stole a T-shirt and sneakers in attempts to disguise his appearance before his apprehension, and was found with small amounts of marijuana and cocaine when he was arrested.

The bloodshed happened on May 2, after Moore and Jansen observed Blackwell adjusting his waistband about 6:15 p.m, prosecutors said.

After the officers rode alongside to question him, Blackwell allegedly fired at the vehicle, striking Moore twice in the head.

The officer died two days later.

"The defendant's alleged conduct — and his total disregard of the law and authority — clearly demonstrate that he is a serious threat to society," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said at a press conference in his office. "Office Moore was a young police officer with a bright and promising future."

Brown said authorities believe Blackwell "knew or should have known" that Moore and his partner were police, despite traveling in plainclothes in an unmarked car.

Blackwell's lawyer, David Bart, had waived his client's right to a speedy trial in the hopes of potentially getting more cooperation with the District Attorney's office, but Brown said that his office will not offer any plea bargain for the case.

Brown also said his office would fight any attempts at an insanity defense on Blackwell's behalf.

"We have no reason to believe that the defendant can meet that burden," he said.

Bart said his client suffered from epilepsy and seizures and "may be bipolar."

"We're definitely pursuing a medical angle, but not sure what it's going to reveal," he said. "He has a number of medical issues that need to be explored."

He added it's not clear to him that his client knew he was being pursued by police officers.

"How did they ID themselves? How did he know they were police officers? That's something (the DA) will have to prove."

Moore was promoted to detective after his death.