June 12, 2015
A Queens grand jury has indicted the man authorities say fatally shot a young cop in the face when the officer asked to see what was in his waistband.
Demetrius Blackwell, 35, will be brought to Queens Supreme Court from jail at 2 p.m. Thursday to answer to the indictment, which charges him in the murder of Police Officer Brian Moore three ways, under three separate statutes.
The top murder charge, aggravated murder, accuses Blackwell of intentionally killing a police officer in the line of duty. If convicted of that charge, Blackwell would be thrown in prison for life, without the possibility of parole. That sentence would be mandatory, meaning a sentencing judge would have no option to give him less.
Blackwell is also charged with first-degree murder for allegedly intentionally killing a police officer, and second-degree murder for intentionally causing someone’s death.