ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A trial date has been set for the teenager accused of killing a St. Petersburg police officer.
Nicholas Lindsey will go on trial December 12 in the shooting death of Officer David Crawford.
Also in court Tuesday, Lindsey's attorney, Dyril Flanagan, argued to see video for the entire time his client was in custody on the night he was arrested in February.
Prosecutors said a camera wasn't rolling the entire time and they had no more video to give Flanagan. Circuit Judge Thane Covert seemed satisfied with the explanation.
In the interview, the 16-year old tearfully denies killing Officer Crawford to his parents. His parents make the difficult choice to convince their son to confess.
Crawford was shot and killed while searching for a burglary suspect in February. He was the third St. Petersburg officer killed in a span of just 30 days. Lindsey was arrested within 24 hours of the shooting. Investigators say he initially denied his involvement, but eventually confessed.
On the video tape, Lindsey’s parents are brought in to see him.
“I did not do it,” Lindsey tells them.
Over more than 30 minutes, Lindsey’s family talks to him. At many points, he breaks down in tears, and at one point, sits on the floor, sobbing. His parents hold him as he cries.
“It’s going to be ok, son. It’s going to be ok,” Lindsey’s father says.
The parents try to get him to come clean. “You gotta tell the truth, son,” Lindsey’s father says. “We’re right here,” says Lindsey’s mother.
“I was not there!” Lindsey tearfully shouts.
“We’re trying to help you. You need to talk to us,” his parents plead.
The sound cuts out for a large chunk of the video. At a later point in the video, there is sound but no video. You can hear Lindsey’s father comforting the teen while he sobs in the background. It appears, from the tone of the conversation, that Lindsey has admitted his involvement.
“You’re doing the right thing now,” his father says.
“It’s ok, son. This is the price we pay for the things we do,” he adds, as an officer reads Lindsey his rights.
Lindsey is being charged as an adult in the murder of Officer Crawford.
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