Opening statements heard in trial of Nelson Morales, accused in death of Detective Peter Figoski

Detective Peter Figoski was fatally shot during a

Detective Peter Figoski was fatally shot during a botched robbery back in Dec. 2011. (Credit: News 12)

BROOKLYN - Opening statements were heard Wednesday in the trial of the fourth man arrested for the fatal shooting of Detective Peter Figoski.

Nelson Morales is among five men allegedly involved in a botched robbery back in Dec. 2011. Figoski had responded to a call about the robbery at a Cypress Hills home when he was killed by Lamont Pride.

Pride was found guilty of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pulling the trigger, and is serving a sentence of 45 years to life in prison. Another suspect, Michael Velez, was acquitted of all charges, and a third man, Ariel Tejada, agreed to testify against the others for a reduced sentence.

The trial against the fifth suspect, Kevin Santos, is still in the jury selection process.
 

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