Man indicted on murder charges in NYPD officer's death

Blackwell's attorney David Bart entered a plea of not guilty for his client and says he may be pursuing a

Blackwell's attorney David Bart entered a plea of not guilty for his client and says he may be pursuing a "mental disease or defect" defense. (6/11/15)

QUEENS VILLAGE - The 35-year-old man accused of shooting NYPD Detective Brian Moore last month was indicted on 12 counts Thursday, including first-degree murder.

As News 12 has reported, Demetrius Blackwell is accused of shooting Detective Moore, of Massapequa, near 104th Road and 212th Street in Queens Village. Police say Moore and his partner were in plainclothes and in an unmarked car when they saw the suspect tug at his waistband as if he had a gun. Officials say words were exchanged, and Blackwell pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking Moore in the head.

Blackwell's attorney David Bart entered a plea of not guilty for his client and says he may be pursuing a "mental disease or defect" defense.

"We know that he has epilepsy. We know he has seizures. There's evidence of prior psychosis," said Bart. "There's possibly evidence of bipolar disorder, and these are things that we see just on an initial view."

PBA President Patrick Lynch said that Blackwell is "not insane."

"He's a bad, evil person that killed a New York City police officer," said Lynch.

Detective Moore's family and more than 100 members of the NYPD were present during Blackwell's court appearance.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say John Tyler Armstrong was speeding and 1 East Hampton town trustee accused of drunken driving
An annual telethon was held on Sunday to 2 Annual telethon pays tribute to murdered student Max Kolb
Police believe the serial knifepoint robber who has 3 Police: Serial knifepoint robber strikes in Ronkonkoma
The fire broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday 4 2 firefighters among 3 injured in Central Islip house fire
The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj stands at 5 Journalists honor 1st Amendment as Trump hosts rally

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Police officers from Ossining, Yonkers, White Plains and Thousands attend funeral for fallen NYPD officer

Police officers from Ossining, Yonkers, White Plains and other Hudson Valley areas were among the

SEAFORD, NY - MAY 08: Family members grieve Fallen officer promoted to detective at funeral

Officer Brian Moore, of Massapequa, was posthumously promoted by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton during his

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE