LARGO — The teenager accused of killing a St. Petersburg police officer was indicted by a grand jury Monday, which takes him out of the juvenile courts and brings him into the adult court system.
Nicholas Lindsey, 16, now faces trial on a charge of first-degree murder. He was arrested after the Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Officer David S. Crawford.
Because of his age, Lindsey will not face the death penalty. But a conviction for first-degree murder would give him a sentence of life in adult prison without the possibility of parole.
Lindsey was transported Monday from the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center to the Pinellas County Jail.
Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe and chief assistant Bruce Bartlett will be involved in the prosecution of Lindsey. They'll be joined by longtime Assistant State Attorney Jim Hellickson.
McCabe has prosecuted other accused police killers in Pinellas and Pasco, before and after becoming the state attorney. He prosecuted the killers of Herbert Sullivan, the St. Petersburg officer who died in 1980. He prosecuted the killer of Florida wildlife officer Peggy Park, who died in 1984. He prosecuted the killer of Belleair police Officer Jeffrey Tackett, who died in 1993. He prosecuted the killer of Pasco Sheriff's Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison, who died in 2003.
Criminal defense attorney Dyril Flanagan said he has been hired to represent Lindsey. That means the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender's Office, which had been poised to represent Lindsey, is off the case.
Flanagan, who said he was hired by Lindsey's family, said it was too early to discuss the case. He said he would review the videotaped statements obtained by St. Petersburg police officers in which Lindsey reportedly admitted to the killing. Flanagan also said he wanted to learn whether investigators obtained any DNA evidence linking Lindsey to the crime scene.
Police say Crawford stopped Lindsey on the night of Feb. 21 while investigating a call of a suspicious person. They say Lindsey pulled out a semiautomatic weapon and fired at least four times, killing the officer.
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