ST PETERSBURG, Fla. - For the first time, we’re hearing the voice of the man accused of killing two St. Petersburg police officers. ABC Action News has obtained exclusive recordings of jail phone calls made by Hydra Lacy Jr.
In more than an hour’s worth of recorded jail conversations, it’s clear that Hydra Lacy Jr. is a man who would have done anything to avoid prison.
The recordings were made in June 2009, a year and a half before Monday’s tragedy. Lacy was in a Pinellas County jail cell on charges of battery and false imprisonment. Some of the phone calls are distored, but in a phone call to his wife, Lacy can clearly be heard bragging about trying to escape from police.
“I was running from the police. They must have had 40 cops looking for me. I shook ‘em, got on me again, I shook ‘em again. I even shook the helicopter,” Lacy said.
Under a court order, Lacy wasn’t supposed to be calling his wife. The day before the phone call, he was arrested for brutally beating her with liquor bottles and a sword. But Lacy’s biggest concern was getting out of jail, and convincing his wife to help by not cooperating with the court.
“Just don’t show up, you can’t show up. That’s it. They can’t do nothing then. Without a witness or a victim, they can’t go to trial,” Lacy said.
Lacy told his wife if she didn’t help him, he wouldn’t ever get out of prison. “I’m looking at life,” Lacy said.
Lacy was bailed out a day later. The case would never go to trial, because Lacy didn’t show up for his next court appearance. That’s why officers were looking for him on Monday morning.
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