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Trial to begin over Glendale officer's 2007 death

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The defense attorney of a man accused of shooting and killing a Glendale Police officer dropped a bombshell. He alleges the officer was killed by friendly-fire.

The remarks came in during opening statements at a trial that's been 7 years in the making.

This has been the longest untried murder case in Arizona history. Officer Anthony Holly was shot and killed during a traffic stop in 2007. After a number of delays, opening statements started Monday.

Recordings of gunshots were played during the opening statements of Bryan Hulsey's murder trial. Hulsey is accused of shooting and killing Glendale Police officer Antony Holly during a traffic stop.

"This is an emotional case, it's a tragedy, but it's not a murder," said defense attorney Michael Reeves.

Hulsey's attorney said the recordings from the morning of the shooting came from Shotspotter, a company hired by the City of Glendale to record and pinpoint gunshots.

"Evidence that there were 14 shots fired during this incident, one shot was fired from the gun of my client, and 13 shots were fired from the gun of Officer Goitia," said Reeves.

Reeves also said the shot that killed Officer Holly did not come from his client's gun, he alleges it came from Officer Goita's gun.

"In making the statement, officer Holly was killed by friendly fire, I'm simply telling you what the objective, untainted by emotion, physical, scientific evidence will show you.

The defense also said the bullet that killed Holly was never found. Prosecutor Juan Martinez maintains it was Hulsey who shot and killed Holly.

"I've got this for you that's what Brian Hulsey said as he stepped out of the car... he took out a gun and took that gun and shot officer Anthony Holly with the Glendale Police Department in the face," said Martinez.

Martinez said that on Tuesday, jurors will hear from a woman in the back of the car that Hulsey got out of.

"Patsy Jones is watching this, she's in the back seat, she's able to see the defendant's face, his jaw is closed, he looks at her as he's holding the gun sideways and is walking towards the police officer," said Martinez.

"One bullet was all it took in the face of Anthony Holly to kill him, Officer Anthony Holly who was just doing his job," he said.

The first witness is expected Tuesday when court resumes at 10:30 a.m.. The court has scheduled the trial to run through August 28th.
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