Trial underway for Kevin Santos in connection with fatal shooting of Detective Peter Figoski

Prosecutors say he helped kick down a door during the botched robbery that led to the officer's death.

Prosecutors say he helped kick down a door during the botched robbery that led to the officer's death. (5/9/13)

BROOKLYN - The trial is underway for a fifth man charged in connection with the 2011 murder of Detective Peter Figoski in Cypress Hills.

Opening statements were heard in the case against Kevin Santos, who is facing robbery and murder charges. Prosecutors say he helped kick down the door of an alleged drug dealer during a botched robbery that led to the officer's death.

The defense claims Santos was inside a car and didn't get out until he saw police arrive.

Opening statements also wrapped up Wednesday for Nelson Morales, who is standing trial for his role in the robbery and murder.

Lamont Pride was convicted in February 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.
 

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