Family of Slain Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson Wants DA to Seek Death Penalty, But Will Larry Krasner Comply? - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Family of Slain Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson Wants DA to Seek Death Penalty, But Will Larry Krasner Comply?

Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III was gunned down at a North Philadelphia GameStop on March 5, 2015. The 2 men accused of killing him have yet to go on trial on murder charges

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    Family of Slain Philly Police Officer Frustrated Over Delay

    The defense in the murder case of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson was granted a trial delay Wednesday. Wilson's family says they're frustrated and worried about getting justice.

    (Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

    The family of Philadelphia police Sgt. Robert Wilson III delivered an impassioned plea for justice Wednesday morning after lawyers for his accused killers asked for a delay.

    A defense team for Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams told a judge they needed additional time to prepare for trial. A new pretrial hearing was set for June with a two-week jury trial expected to start in November.

    But a campaign promise by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner put into question whether the death penalty will be sought.

    Wilson's family has accused Krasner's office of slowing down the case and questioned his previous relationship with defense attorney Michael Coard.

    Family of Slain Officer Angry Over Trial Delay

    [PHI] Family of Slain Officer Angry Over Trial Delay

    The judge in the case of slain Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson has granted the defense a trial delay. Wilson's family is hoping for the death penalty when the trial begins in November and are angry about the delay.

    (Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

    "Our family is very angry," Wilson's sister, Shakira Wilson-Burroughs, told NBC10. "There's more cooperation between Krasner and the defense attorneys. My brother's case - there is no possible way it can be tried fairly."

    Krasner's office issued a statement in response, saying that while Coard was a volunteer for the district attorney's transition team, the two have not spoken "about this case or any other case" since he took office.

    "It remains a death penalty case at this time," Krasner spokesman Ben Waxman said in a statement. "The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is committed to fighting for justice in the horrific murder of Sgt. Wilson." 

    Hipps and Williams, who are brothers, are accused of gunning down Wilson during a robbery attempt at a North Philadelphia GameStop store in 2015. Wilson was in full uniform buying his son a gift when two armed robbers entered and announced a holdup.

    Wilson diverted gunfire away from store staff and customers during a shootout with the suspects. He was hit six times by gunfire and later died from his injuries.

    Wilson's family has asked Krasner to turn the case over to the state's attorney general. The district attorney's office says they continue to meet with the Wilson family and are reviewing the cause through the Homicide Sentencing Committee.

    Question of Death Penalty in Officer's Killing Still Not Answered

    [PHI] Question of Death Penalty in Officer's Killing Still Not Answered

    The death penalty could still be an option for the accused killers of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson, but new district attorney Larry Krasner has yet to reveal his decision. The defense in the case has asked for more time to prepare for trial.

    (Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018)

    "Krasner, who already met with some members of Sgt. Wilson's family, understands their trauma and continues to extend his support and condolences during this difficult time," Waxman said in a statement. 

    Hipps and Williams remain jailed.