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Judge denies defense request for interview tapes in killing of St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford

LARGO — The defense attorney for the teenager accused of killing St. Petersburg police Officer David S. Crawford asked for more tapes of his client talking to police, but a judge on Tuesday said there's no evidence more tapes exist.

Attorney Dyril Flanagan said records show that defendant Nicholas Lindsey went into a St. Petersburg police interview room at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, and that a detective reported his confession shortly before 10 p.m. Lindsey's mother says he was interrogated for about 41/2 hours, he said.

But Flanagan says that the tapes he received from prosecutors are far shorter, and that "approximately three hours of audio or video from the defendant's interrogation is missing." He said that's a possible violation of Florida criminal rules of procedure.

Pinellas-Pasco Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett denied that anyone is holding anything back. Although Lindsey may have been at the Police Department for a few hours, "it wasn't as though they had him in a room with the camera running the whole time."

So Circuit Judge Thane B. Covert said, "I'm going to deny your motion to compel, because there's nothing else to get."

Flanagan said after the court hearing he's not satisfied that police have handed over every taped statement. He said Lindsey and his mother told him the taped interrogation went on longer and he intends to find out more about the situation by conducting depositions, or formal interviews, of officers.

Covert also set a Dec. 12 trial date for the case. Lindsey is 16 and is being tried as an adult.

Police say Officer Crawford stopped Lindsey while investigating a call of a suspicious person. They say Lindsey pulled out a semiautomatic weapon he had bought for $140 and fired at least four times.

Lindsey was picked up the next day and interviewed by police.

Both his mother and father were present for portions of the interview. Police say Lindsey at first denied involvement, then admitted to the killing.

Curtis Krueger can be reached at ckrueger@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8232.

Judge denies defense request for interview tapes in killing of St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford 06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 10:30pm]
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