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Attorneys argue intent in Pa. cop killing case

Philadelphia prosecutors seeking a first-degree murder conviction for an admitted cop killer say the shooter needed little time to decide he would take the officer's life.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

Philadelphia prosecutors seeking a first-degree murder conviction for an admitted cop killer say the shooter needed little time to decide he would take the officer's life.Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron says 23-year-old John Lewis acted with intent when he shot Officer Chuck Cassidy on Halloween 2007 during a doughnut shop robbery.Cameron replayed surveillance footage from the store, saying Lewis stepped toward Cassidy before aiming at his head and firing. Cassidy died the next day.Lewis has pleaded guilty to a general charge of murder. A jury will decide whether to convict him of first- or second-degree murder.Earlier Thursday defense attorney Michael Coard said Lewis didn't intend to kill Cassidy but panicked and fired when he walked in on the robbery.The jury is expected to begin deliberations Thursday.