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Updated May 12, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Trial begins in 2007 death of Glendale officer

PHOENIX — Jury selection began Monday for an Arizona man charged with
fatally shooting a police officer seven years ago during a routine traffic stop
in Phoenix.

Bryan Wayne Hulsey, 40, is charged with killing Glendale Officer Anthony Holly,
24, during the February 2007 stop.

Hulsey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree
murder and misconduct involving a weapon. Prosecutors are seeking the death
penalty.

Attorneys are tentatively scheduled to make opening statements on June 2.

The shooting unfolded after a vehicle in which Hulsey was a passenger was
pulled over in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

Hulsey got out of the vehicle and started firing, authorities said.

The other officer at the scene returned fire and struck Hulsey in one of his
legs.

Prosecutors say Hulsey killed Holly in the exchange of gunfire. Hulsey’s
attorneys have questioned whether Holly was unintentionally shot by the other
officer.

Defense attorneys made the suggestion about the other officer based on the fact
that the bullet that killed Holly wasn’t recovered during the autopsy, though
tiny metal fragments remained in his body.

A judge declined a request by Hulsey’s attorneys to exhume the officer’s body
after his lawyers said a medical examiner who performed Holly’s autopsy didn’t
extract a foreign substance that was visible from X-rays of the officer’s head.
A ballistic expert for Hulsey’s defense said he believes those substances are
metal fragments from the bullet that killed the officer.

Prosecutors said there was no credible evidence that Holly was shot by the
other officer and that the exhumation request was “wishful thinking” by
defense lawyers who hope they may turn up something from the body.

A judge turned down the exhumation request because the body had already been
cremated.

Hulsey’s lawyers later asked a judge to dismiss their client’s charges because
they said evidence was destroyed in the cremation. A judge denied the request.

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