Teen Accused Of Killing Police Officer Will Be Tried As Adult
Nicholas Lindsey was apparently walking around an area in St Petersburg with a hoodie and a brick in late February, when a citizen called police to report him. Police were dispatched to the location of the suspicious acting Lindsey and attempted to make contact with him. It is unclear at this point exactly what happened, but the end result within seconds of arriving is a police officer was shot and killed. Officer David Crawford was shot four times and died shortly after his arrival at the local hospital. A manhunt was launched and the suspect was later captured.
On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted the teen on charges of first degree murder. The teen will be transferred from the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention center to the Pinellas County Jail. Because Lindsey is only 16, he will not face the death penalty, but he could get life in prison without parole if convicted. Lindsey’s family has hired a private attorney, taking the public defenders office off of the case. Attorney Dyril Flanagan has taken over the defense of Lindsey. When asked by reporters about the charges, he said it was too early to discuss the case, but was interested to know if the prosecutors had any DNA evidence linking his client to the crime and was eager to review the video taped statements made by his client to police.
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