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

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

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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