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Teen accused of killing police Officer David Crawford appears in court

CLEARWATER — The 16-year-old accused of fatally shooting St. Petersburg police Officer David S. Crawford made a routine first appearance in adult court Tuesday afternoon.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger told Nicholas Lindsey he will be held without bail on a first-degree murder charge.

Lindsey's attorney, Dyril Flanagan, said afterward that Lindsey is a "scared young man."

The hearing came one day after a grand jury indicted Lindsey, shifting him from the juvenile courts to the adult system.

Lindsey was arrested after the Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Crawford, who was investigating a report of a prowler in downtown St. Petersburg.

Lindsey will not face the death penalty because of his age, but he could face life in adult prison without parole.

Teen accused of killing police Officer David Crawford appears in court 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 2:16pm]
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