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After 7 years, family demands justice for fallen Glendale officer

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Friends and family of an officer killed in the line of duty seven years ago are demanding justice.
 
The young officer's alleged killer is still awaiting trial. It's the oldest capital murder case in the county right now, but the officer's supporters gained a small victory Tuesday.

Friends, family and colleagues of Officer Anthony Holly showed up to the courtroom for yet another delay hearing. But, donning "enough is enough" stickers, they got the news they were hoping for. 

"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 she said Holly's family is grappling with. 

"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 gunned down on Feb. 19, 2007. He was only 24 years old. The trial for his alleged killer, Bryan Hulsey, has been postponed several times. So Holly's friends and family, as well as current law enforcement and members of the 100 Club and Concerns of Police Survivors, showed up to the courthouse to object to yet another potential delay. 

"I remember that day just like I remember the day of Brad Jones," said Sgt. Jay O'Neill with the Glendale Police Department, who came to show his support. 

"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."

Our cameras weren't allowed in the hearing, but this trial - prosecuted by Juan Martinez - conflicts with Jodi Arias' resentencing - another case Martinez is prosecuting. But the judge said he would not delay Hulsey's trial any longer. Knutson-Felix hopes that decision might bring Holly's family some peace of mind. 

"You never get over it but it helps you get to that next stage or grief and acceptance," she said.

We reached out to the attorneys for Hulsey but haven't heard back. The original judge in the Arias case will have to reschedule that trial.

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