Alleged Pa. Cop Killer Allows Confession to Stand

The man accused of shooting Officer Chuck Cassidy is allowing his alleged confession to go on record

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    Slain officer Chuck Cassidy

    The man accused of murdering a Philadelphia police officer two years ago has withdrawn a motion to suppress his alleged confession.

    Twenty-three-year-old John Lewis is charged with killing Officer Chuck Cassidy on Oct. 31, 2007. Investigators say Cassidy was checking in on a doughnut shop that had been robbed before when he walked in on a robbery. Cassidy died a day later from a gunshot wound to the head.

    Lewis told Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Minehart on Tuesday the decision to withdraw the challenge was not recommended by his lawyers.

    Police say Lewis confessed after being arrested in a Miami homeless shelter a few days after the shooting.

    Fallen Officer Remembered

    [PHI] Fallen Officer Remembered
    Philadelphia police officer Chuck Cassidy was killed in the line of duty two years ago while trying to prevent a robbery at a Dunkin Donuts. Family, friends and colleagues held a vigil for Cassidy on Sunday. Suspect John Lewis, 23, is charged with murder. His trial will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys declined comment, citing a judge's gag order.

    Jury selection is set for Wednesday.