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Opening statements begin in trial of accused cop killer Hulsey

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A prosecutor says an Arizona man on trial on charges he fatally shot a police officer during a routine 2007 traffic stop told the officer, "I've got something for you," before he fired the fatal shot.

Bryan Wayne Hulsey is accused of killing Glendale Officer Anthony Holly after Hulsey exited a vehicle that had been pulled over for speeding.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez made opening arguments at midday Monday.

Defense attorneys are making opening arguments Monday afternoon.

Hulsey has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

His attorneys have questioned whether Holly was unintentionally shot by the officer who pulled over the vehicle.

Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Hulsey.

The trial for Holly's alleged killer has been postponed several times, making it the oldest capital murder case in the county. 

Holly was gunned down on Feb. 19, 2007, as he provided backup during a traffic stop. Police said they had taken one suspect out of the vehicle and were removing a second suspect when the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired at the officers, striking Holly.

The other officer returned fire, wounding Hulsey, who was later captured and taken into custody.
 
Holly was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, where he was pronounced dead. He was 24 years old.

Since Hulsey was indicted in 2007, court records show attorneys on the case have met with the judge nearly 200 times. In many cases, Hulsey requested new counsel. 

Court papers suggest Hulsey wouldn't cooperate with his legal team, and at one point, he volunteered to represent himself. 

The latest delay came in December last year because a defense attorney "needs time to recover medically before she can prepare for and participate in trial."

Glendale Police Sgt. Jay O'Neill and his colleagues have been waiting seven years for justice.

"The judge has erred on the side of caution, so when that verdict eventually is read, it will stand up to any appeals," O'Neill said. "Obviously, a capital case is going to see an appeal."
In February, Holly's friends, family and colleagues showed up to the courtroom for yet another delay hearing. But, donning "enough is enough" stickers, they got the news for which they were hoping. 

"I had nightmares. I couldn't sleep, I just couldn't put it to rest," said Sharon Knutson-Felix, executive director of the 100 Club.

She said waiting on the wheels of justice to turn in the cases for both her late son, Ricky, and husband, Doug Knutson, was like getting victimized all over again.

It's a feeling with which, she said, Holly's family is grappling. 

"I just got to the point where I didn't even know what to say anymore," Knutson-Felix said. "They died for this community and serving this community, and then it seems the community has betrayed them."
 
Holly was a two-year veteran of the Glendale Police Department and was a four-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He left behind his girlfriend, parents, four brothers and a sister.

 Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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