Humberto Delgado, accused of killing Tampa cop, appears in court Friday

TAMPA — Humberto Delgado, the man accused of gunning down Cpl. Mike Roberts in August, appeared in Hillsborough Circuit Court Friday morning for a hearing over whether a surveillance video, recorded conversations and other investigative materials would be released to the media.

Judge Anthony Black ruled that the materials should be released, and prosecutors said they would likely be ready next week.

They include a surveillance video of the encounter that is apparently low-quality, according to the prosecution and the defense. The video was sent to federal law enforcement officials who are trying to enhance it.

There are also statements from Delgado, his family and witnesses.

Delgado sat quietly during the hearing with his hands shackled and head lowered. Missing was the mound of hair that previously hid his face during court appearances.

On August 19, Delgado was approached by Cpl. Roberts while walking on a Sulphur Springs street corner with a shopping cart that contained weapons. Delgado tried to run away when Roberts stopped him, but Roberts caught up and the two began fighting.

Then, Delgado shot the officer, police say.

Roberts was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the slug went through an arm hole and lodged in his chest.

Roberts, 38, died at Tampa General Hospital later that night.

Delgado was arrested on charges of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed firearm. He remains at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail.

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Humberto Delgado, accused of killing Tampa cop, appears in court Friday 12/04/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2009 10:58am]

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