Re-sentencing for convicted cop killer Nicolas Lindsey set for September

US Sup. Court ruling called for the re-sentencing

CLEARWATER, Fla. - A Pinellas County judge has set September 23 as the date for the re-sentencing hearing for convicted cop killer Nicholas Lindsey.

Lindsey was convicted for the 2011 shooting death of St. Petersburg Police officer David Crawford and  sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Lindsey was 16 at the time of the shooting.

Since his sentencing, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

The hearing is expected to take several hours. The defense says they will call experts and family members to testify.

Following a hearing last month regarding the re-sentencing, Lindsey's mother, Deneen Sweat said "I'm just glad that its going to be over soon and that he gets a chance at a fair hearing and that he gets to come home one day.

But Crawford's former partner, Ret. St. Petersburg Police officer Thad Crisco, feels differently.  "The circumstances, I think, dictate the fact that he deserves to get life in prison," said Crisco.  "He killed a police officer in the line of duty."

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m.

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