Mineola (WALK) - A murder trial is set to get under way this morning for the Queens man who allegedly gunned down a Nassau County cop, as well as an innocent bystander, almost two years ago.
Opening statements are expected today as Darrell Fuller, 34, faces first degree murder charges. Fuller allegedly shot Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, during a traffic stop in Bellerose Terrace, on the Nassau-Queens border, in October of 2012. Detectives say Lopez and his partner had followed Fuller, who was on parole, after seeing him flee from a hit-and-run.
Fuller is also charged in the death of a motorist from Brooklyn just minutes later. Raymond Facey, 52, a father of four, had pulled off the side of the Cross Island Parkway to take a phone call when he was shot. Police say Fuller stole Facey's car to make a clean getaway after shooting the cop.
Lopez served in the Emergency Service Unit for Nassau Police. He lived in Babylon and was a volunteer with the Dix Hills fire department.
Fuller served five years for nearly killing another man during a confrontation over a parking space in 2004. He was released from prison in May 2011 after a drug arrest that had violated his parole. At the time of the Lopez/Facey shootings, Fuller was on parole and was not permitted to have a driver's license or drive a motor vehicle.
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