JUDGE TO RULE ON 911 CALL IN TRIAL OF OFFICER
Newsday - Long Island,NY
BY ERIK GERMAN | email@example.com
September 4, 2008
[Excerpts] As his fiancee lay bleeding on the carpet of their Bay Shore home, Alexis Chaparro made an anguished call to a Suffolk 911 dispatcher. "She's shot, she's bleeding. Oh my God! Jesus!" said the New York City police academy instructor as he knelt over his fiancee, Sonia Garcia, last September. "I'm trying to do CPR, I'm pumping her chest. ... Just get over here, please!" Suffolk prosecutors played a recording of the call in a Riverhead courtroom yesterday during a pretrial hearing on charges that Chaparro, 28, murdered Garcia, 27, who was also a city police officer. Suffolk County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs will rule later whether jurors in the upcoming trial will be allowed to hear the 911 recording, along with Chaparro's first statements to police on that night. Det. James Faughnan testified yesterday that during several hours of questioning, a hysterical Chaparro repeatedly insisted that he didn't shoot his fiancee with the semi-automatic Smith&Wesson service pistol that he placed beneath his pillow each night. Late in the interrogation, however, Faughnan said Chaparro's story began to change. "He indicated it was like a dream, he doesn't remember shooting anybody," the detective said. "But he remembered someone coming through the door." The detective recalled telling Chaparro, "This was no dream." He said the suspect then responded, "I know that now"... Garcia's family has said that Chaparro was abusive and the likely killer... His attorney, William Keahon of Islandia, has said that his client remembers only falling asleep the night Garcia was shot and killed... The most powerful moments in the courtroom yesterday came while prosecutors played the 911 recording. The wailing, sometimes incoherent call set off shock waves of emotion in a gallery packed with family members of the victim and the accused. Members of both families wept openly and a few pushed their way past court officers into the hallway. Chaparro sat beside his attorney, rocking silently with his shaven head bowed... Garcia's sister, Evelyn Hernandez, 26, of Park Slope in Brooklyn, said reliving her sister's final recorded moments was an ordeal. "That I know she was on the floor dead while he was on the phone - " she said, and then her voice gave way to tears. [Full article here]
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