PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - The father of 16-year-old Nicholas Lindsey wept as he expressed his condolences for the loss of Officer David Crawford. His son is accused of murdering the 25-year police veteran.
Nicholas Lindsey, Sr. told Circuit Judge James Raymond, "On behalf of me, my son and my entire family we send our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and his colleagues that he worked with. This is my only son and I'm sorry that it happened."
Officer Crawford was shot and killed while responding to a call around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Lindsey was taken into custody around 6 p.m. the following day. News of his arrest was made public at an 11 p.m. news conference.
Judge Gross said there was probable cause to keep Lindsey in juvenile detention for the time being and that a public defender will be appointed.
Gross indicated that Lindsey will likely be charged as an adult. "There is a high probability that this will not remain in juvenile court," Gross said.
If convicted, Lindsey faces the possibility of life in prison with no parole. Under law, a juvenile cannot receive the death penalty.
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