Reporting Tony Hanson
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By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The prosecution has presented evidence that both defendants charged with the robbery and murder of Officer Moses Walker, who was gunned down as he walked from work in North Philadelphia in August (see related story), made statements admitting their involvement.
The defendants have been ordered held for trial.
Twenty-three-year-old Rafael Jones allegedly admitted to a friend that he was looking for someone to rob, targeted Moses Walker, who was in street clothes, and Jones shot Walker when he started to run and reached for something (see related story).
“Officer Walker, probably as best we can tell, maybe offered some modicum of resistance and as a result of that he ended up with a bullet hole in the center of his chest and another in the right abdominal area,” Prosecutor Jude Conroy said.
Both 40 caliber bullets went right through the fallen officer.
A Homicide detective has testified the co-defendant, identified as Chancier McFarland, confessed to police, admitting he acted as the lookout (see related story).
A fellow officer has testified he responded to the shooting, pulled the victim into his car and only then realized the badly wounded victim was his friend.
The defense attorneys declined comment after the hearing.