Darrell Fuller Convicted in Cop Killing & Carjacking Slaying

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A jury has convicted Darrell Fuller for the 2012 murders of Nassau County police officer Arthur Lopez and carjacking victim Raymond Facey.The verdict was handed down Monday around noon—it followed eight weeks of testimony from 78 witnesses, with the court proceedings sometimes packed beyond capacity with fellow policemen in a show of support for their fallen comrade.Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, an eight-year veteran of the department and member of its elite Emergency Services Unit, was killed in the line of duty at approximately 11 a.m. October 23, 2012 during what started out as a routine traffic stop near the Belmont Park Racetrack.He and his partner spotted a damaged silver Honda that was “running on rims” and suspected it was wanted for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, authorities said at the time.The officers followed the car, and it pulled over.There was “a brief exchange of words” between Lopez and the driver—later identified as 33-year-old Darrell Fuller—before the driver left the vehicle and fired one round into Lopez’s chest, police Chief Steven Skrynecki said at the time, adding that Lopez wasn’t wearing a bulletproof vest.Fuller, of St. Albans, then shot and killed 52-year-old Raymond Facey of Brooklyn during a carjacking on the Cross Island Parkway near Belmont Park Racetrack and fled in his vehicle, which he then abandoned in Queens.Fuller was later apprehended following a police manhunt. He was previously convicted of attempted murder in Queens and selling crack-cocaine in Nassau County, according to authorities.Fuller, now 34, was found guilty of two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree, Murder in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Robbery in the 1st Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree.He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and is due back in court on Sept. 5.Hundreds of Nassau County police officers joined law enforcement agencies from across the region Saturday, October 27, 2012 outside St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin to pay respects to Nassau Police Officer Arthur Lopez, who was gunned down in Bellerose Terrace after making a routine traffic stop. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Fuller’s trial, which had begun June 9, had been a frenzied and emotional event for victims’ families and fellow Nassau police officers.When the jury began deliberations Friday, dozens of men and women wearing blue polo shirts reading “In Memory of P.O. Arthur Lopez” packed the courtroom at Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola.Reporters from local TV channels and publications lined up their cameras in front of the courtroom door, waiting and constantly asking the sergeant who was watching the door whether there would be space for them inside the courtroom soon.Raymond Facey’s widow, Juniepa Facey, left the courthouse hanging her head only moments after the defense finished its closing argument, wearing pins with her husband’s name on them.“It’s almost two years, and it feels like yesterday,” she cried at a press conference Monday following the verdict, clutching onto her daughters Abbigail and Dahlia. “I think sometimes I feel like he’s going to come through the door and say it was a prank.”She thanked God for giving her strength, singing: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”“We can’t bring daddy back, but it’s such a blessing that we know who did it,” said Abbigail Facey. “We know we got the right person, we know he’s guilty, and we can go home and rest assured that he’s not going to be able to hurt anyone else.”“Make sure you remember this muck’s family can go visit him in jail, but the Lopez and Facey families have to visit a cemetery to visit their loved ones, and that will never ever change,” shouted James Carver, president of the Nassau County police union.The mood was somber at the Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s Office following the verdict, said a spokesperson, with no celebration, but satisfaction following a lengthy trial.“This is stark reminder of the danger that every single man and woman who wears a police uniform goes through every single day, and we have to remember that we should be very grateful for the service that we give us to keep this county as safe as they do,” Rice said at the press conference.“Today a jury of Darrell Fuller’s peers found him guilty of the intentional killing of a police officer and an innocent motorist. By his actions, Fuller demonstrated that he had no respect for the law or for human life,” she said afterward in a statement. “I want to thank the men and women of the jury for their hard work. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of Officer Lopez and Mr. Facey.“May their loved ones find some peace and closure from today’s verdict.”last_img read more

Make sure your family is prepared for severe weather this season

first_imgMASON CITY — With this being Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Iowa, it’s a time that families should sit down and think about the things they should be doing if severe weather goes through the area.Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve O’Neil says people need to have an awareness to what is a safe location no matter where they are at.   “You want to make sure your family knows what those locations are. At home, where’s the best place they should go. At school, at work, or if they are out in a vehicle, identifying what is a safe location. In a vehicle, there’s a lot of misnomers of where you should go, such as an underpass. That’s actually one of the worst places to be during a wind storm or a tornado. Low areas like that could flood easily.”O’Neil says if a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in the basement of your home immediately and don’t try to look for the tornado. “The best for everyone is if you have a basement, go to the basement. There’s no particular corner or anything, basically away from the walls, under something sturdy, or if underneath your stairwell is clear. Get to a good secure place in the middle.”O’Neil says if you don’t have a basement, get to the lowest level that you have.  “And put as many walls as you can between you and the outside. If you have an interior bathroom, that’s a great place to go. Inside the tub offers extra protection. If you have a closet that’s internal, that’s another good place. Just even a hallway that you can shut the bedroom doors and other doors and stay in the hallway more toward the center of the house, that’s where you want to be.”If a storm causes major damage to an area, things like phone service may be interrupted for long periods of time. O’Neil says you should figure out a plan that allows all family members to keep in touch to make sure they are safe after a disastrous storm.  He recommends they find a friend or family member that does not live in the area, that way each member can call in and you can do a follow-up later. “If you pick someone in the same community, the chances are they are affected too and you may not have that communication.”Today’s Severe Weather Awareness Week topic is “family preparedness”. For more about this topic and the others being covered this week, click here.last_img read more

Breast cancer drug may help men with prostate cancer

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email But some cancer patients who lack such mutations have also seen their tumors shrink in trials. A team led by Johann de Bono of the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, both in London, suspected that these patients had inherited errors in other DNA repair genes or had acquired mutations in BRCA or the other genes in a tumor as it formed or grew. Three years ago, a large sequencing project found that such DNA repair gene defects are common in advanced prostate tumors.To test their hypothesis, de Bono’s group and collaborators, whose funding was independent from AstraZeneca, gave the drug to 50 men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, which means their tumors had stopped responding to drugs that block the hormones that drive prostate cancer growth. Of the 49 men who stayed in the trial, 33%, or 16 patients, responded to the drug, according to one of three measures—a drop in levels of tumor cells in the patient’s blood, a decline in blood levels of the biomarker prostate-specific antigen, or imaging scans that found their tumors shrank. When the researchers sequenced the patients’ tumor DNA, they found their hunch was correct: Fourteen of the 16 who responded had mutations in one or more of a dozen DNA repair genes in their tumors, and only two nonresponders had these mutations, reported Joaquin Mateo, a clinical fellow in de Bono’s lab, at the AACR meeting. (While three responders had inherited BRCA2 mutations, four had apparently new mutations in this gene.) Most of these patients responded to the drug for at least 6 months (four for more than 1 year), while those without such mutations usually got worse within 3 months.Although genetic tests of tumors are already used to determine whether certain drugs will work for several types of cancer, this is the first time researchers have found such a test for prostate cancer, de Bono’s group says. Olaparib could offer a new option for these men: The trial shows “this is a good swat at that disease,” said prostate cancer researcher William Nelson of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, at an AACR press conference, adding that the prospect of genetic testing to identify prostate cancer patients who could benefit from olaparib “looks very promising.”The results also suggest that women with ovarian and breast cancer who lack an inherited BRCA mutation might still respond to PARP inhibitors, if they have DNA repair mutations in their tumors, de Bono’s group says. Ursula Matulonis of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who presented results at AACR from a trial of olaparib combined with another drug for breast and ovarian cancer patients, said at the press conference that her team plans to explore that possibility by DNA testing biopsies from the patients.center_img PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA—A new type of cancer drug originally aimed at women with rare, inherited forms of breast and ovarian cancer may also help a broader swath of patients, according to a small clinical study. The drug halted tumor growth in a third of men with a typically deadly form of advanced prostate cancer. Nearly all of those who responded had related mutations in their tumors, indicating the drug was targeting a common cell process, researchers reported here this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).The drug blocks an enzyme called poly (adenosine diphosphate [ADP]-ribose) polymerase (PARP), which helps cells repair a certain type of DNA damage. Oncologists are mostly testing PARP inhibitors in ovarian and breast cancer patients born with mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2, two of the most infamous cancer-related genes. These mutations raise a woman’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer, as well as a man’s risk of prostate cancer, because they disable proteins that repair DNA damage that can result in additional cancer-spurring mutations. But flaws in either gene also make tumor cells vulnerable to PARP inhibitors, because the drugs further impair tumor cells’ DNA repair machinery. This combination renders tumor cells unable to fix DNA damage and they die, an idea known as synthetic lethality.In December, the first PARP inhibitor, AstraZeneca’s olaparib, received approval in the United States and Europe for ovarian cancer patients who had inherited a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. 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