Albuquerque police shooting trial in death of Iraq War veteran begins
Posted at: 03/07/2013 10:00 AM
| Updated at: 03/07/2013 10:09 AM
By: The Associated Press
Photo: Kenneth Ellis
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The civil trial against the Albuquerque Police Department and a detective who fatally shot an Iraq War veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder has begun.
Lawyers gave opening statements Thursday in a case involving detective Brett Lampiris-Tremba.
Police say Lampiris-Tremba shot and killed Kenneth Ellis III outside a city convenience store in January 2010 after Ellis pointed a gun to his own head Lampiris-Tremba was later cleared of wrongdoing by both Albuquerque police's internal affairs and a grand jury.
But last month, Judge Shannon Bacon ruled that the shooting violated the Fourth Amendment. Bacon says Ellis posed no threat at the time he was shot outside a convenience store.
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