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No bail for man accused of killing Tampa police officer

TAMPA — The man accused of killing a Tampa police officer will be held without bail, a judge ruled Thursday.

Humberto Delgado Jr. made his first court appearance before Judge Walter Heinrich since he was arrested late Wednesday night and accused of first degree murder in the shooting death of police Cpl. Mike Roberts.

Delgado appeared by closed-circuit camera, wearing the standard orange jail jumpsuit, his head hanging down, his hands cuffed in front of him, two detention deputies holding each arm. He appeared disheveled and said nothing during the brief hearing.

Three members of Delgado's family were in court.

"I don't know if this is a death sentence case or not at this point," Henrich told Delgado. "That is something that will be determined later in the future." Prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty.

He said a special public defender with "an expertise in these types of cases" would be appointed to assist Delgado and would visit him in the next week or two.

"Obviously due to the nature of the charges and the strong case against you, you will be held without bond for the duration of your cases," Henrich said.

Police say Delgado shot Roberts once in the upper body after the officer spotted him pushing a shopping cart along Nebraska Avenue in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Police say Delgado had four guns on him. He also pointed a high-power rifle at another officer.

Tampa police will release new details of the case during a 1:30 p.m. news conference.

After the hearing, Delgado's family members expressed condolences for Roberts' widow and 3-year-old son. "We're really sorry for the family,'' said one man, who declined to give his name. "We all have family.''


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