2017-11-15 / Features

Officer Moore’s Killer Found Guilty

BY LIZ GOFF

Dozens of police officers, most from the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, packed a Kew Gardens courtroom on November 9, where Demetrius Blackwell was found guilty of first-degree murder in the cold-blooded killing of decorated Queens Police Officer Brian Moore.

Dozens more cops stood outside the courtroom in support of Moore’s family as the verdict was read in the May 2015 murder of the young officer.

Blackwell was also found guilty of attempted murder for firing at Moore’s partner, Eric Jansen, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Blackwell, 37, peered nervously around the courtroom packed with Moore’s family and fellow officers as he headed toward his defense attorney to learn his fate. He showed no emotion as the jury foreman declared him guilty on all counts. He was quickly escorted out of the courtroom after the verdict was read.

Moments later, Moore’s brokenhearted father, retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Moore, told reporters gathered on the steps of the Kew Gardens courthouse that he would like to personally execute his son’s killer.

“I’d like to walk up to him, tell him, ‘Yeah, I got something for you,’ and put two bullets in his head,” Moore said.

It took the jury approximately four hours to convict Blackwell of the murder. He now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on December 12.

“At the end of the day, there was justice done for Brian’s killing, but there is a hole and a void that will never be filled,” Moore’s mother, Irene Moore said. “Brian was one of the greatest human beings on this planet,” she said. “He was full of life, full of fun…he will be missed.”

Irene Moore thanked the jurors, the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s office for “bringing justice for Brian,” she said.

Moore, 25, was shot to death on May 2, 2015 after he and Jansen stopped their unmarked NYPD cruiser on a street in Queens Village to ask Blackwell, a known career criminal, what he had in his waistband, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Saunders said. Moore started to open the car door saying, “Police. You got something?”

“Yeah, I got something,” Blackwell said, pulling the silver gun from his waistband. Blackwell fired, “not once, but twice,” Saunders said, fatally striking Moore in the head and face.

He then turned the gun on Jansen as the young cop screamed onto a police radio desperately seeking help for his dying partner.

Fellow cops rushed Brian Moore to Jamaica Hospital Center where he died two days later, the third NYPD officer executed on the job over a five-month period in 2015.

Defense attorney David Bart acknowledged that emotions ran high in the case. Bart also questioned the integrity of the DNA evidence, and the reliability of three eyewitnesses.

Bart told the jury his client suffers from epilepsy and mental health issues, and suggested that brain surgery Blackwell underwent in 2014 negatively affected his day-today “equilibrium.” Bart said he intends to appeal the verdict.

“There’s no question, based on the callous nature of the defendant, his actions ask for life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Patrick Lynch, President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association praised the jurors.

“We want to thank many people, but especially the jurors who came to a just and right decision,” Lynch said.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill praised Moore, who was posthumously promoted to detective.

“The murder of Detective Brian Moore reminds us of the extraordinary danger police officers face every day protecting this city,” O’Neill said. “Brian was murdered doing his job, and in defense of every New Yorker.”

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