New Trial Sought In Boston Detective’s ’93 Killing

CBS Boston

BOSTON (AP) — It was a gruesome killing with a sympathetic victim: a veteran Boston police detective, shot in the face five times as he slept in his car while on security detail outside an all-night pharmacy.

Nineteen-year-old Sean Ellis was one of two men convicted of killing Detective John Mulligan to steal his gun as a « trophy. »

Two decades later, Ellis’ lawyer, Rosemary Scapicchio, says she has new evidence that corrupt police officers covered up potential suspects in the crime, including a fellow police officer. She asked a judge to order a new trial for Ellis; a hearing has been scheduled for next month.

« He’s served 21 years for a crime he didn’t commit, » Scapicchio said.

Prosecutors, however, say the jury that convicted Ellis of first-degree murder had more than enough evidence, including statements from witnesses who said they saw Ellis crouching near Mulligan’s car and then speeding away…

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