Frank Tepper

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Philly Off Hook In Drunken Slaying By Off-Duty Cop

The family of a man fatally shot by a drunken, off-duty Philadelphia police officer has been awarded $4.7 million from the shooter, but may get nothing since a jury let the city off the hook.


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City Of Philadelphia Off The Hook in Lawsuit Over Cop Who Murdered Neighbor

The jury found the City of Philadelphia not financially liable for the murder of William Panas Jr. by Frank Tepper, an off-duty cop with a history of misconduct.


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Federal Jury Weighing Lawsuit Against City of Philadelphia Over Murderous Cop

The jury, now deliberating, must decide if Frank Tepper went on duty when he left his house to address a nearby confrontation, and whether the city’s failure to fire him after earlier incidents of misconduct caused the murder.


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Jury in Philadelphia ‘Rogue Cop’ Civil Case Hears of Earlier Incident

Two witnesses have testified about a 1995 incident in which Officer Frank Tepper allegedly attacked them because they spoke with his wife on the street.


(William Panas Sr., left, and Lauren Panas, father and sister of the victim, speak with an unidentified colleague, right, following the sentencing of Frank Tepper.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Emotions Run High As Philadelphia Cop Gets Life Sentence For Murdering Neighbor

Frank Tepper’s arms were folded in front of him as the sister, mother, and then father of 21-year-old victim William Panas Jr. each took the stand to read impact statements, expressing their great loss.


(Former Philadelphia police officer Frank Tepper, prior to his conviction, in family photo.)

Attorneys Weigh Philadelphia’s Pension Obligation to Former Cop Convicted of Murder

Top city attorneys are now trying to figure out if a former Philadelphia police officer convicted last week of murder should be allowed to keep his pension.


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Chaos In Courtroom As Former Philadelphia Cop Convicted Of First-Degree Murder

Former Philadelphia police officer Frank Tepper has been convicted of the first-degree murder of a Port Richmond neighbor during a curbside melée on a summer evening in 2009.


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Murder By A Philadelphia Cop, Or Self-Defense? Jury Set To Decide

Jury deliberations were expected to begin Tuesday afternoon in the case of former Philadelphia police officer Frank Tepper, who shot and killed a 21-year-old neighbor during a confrontation in Port Richmond in 2009.


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Daughter Says Father, Philadelphia Cop Charged With Murder, Was Defending Himself

Felicia Tepper, 19, today told the jury that her father, Frank Tepper, an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, had tried to be a peacemaker during a confrontation outside their home.


Witness Tearfully Recalls The Night Billy Panas Was Killed

There’s been heartbreaking testimony in the trial of a former Philadelphia police officer charged with murdering a young man during a Port Richmond neighborhood fight in 2009.