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Jury learns of cop killer's criminal past during sentencing

Post  Jennie on Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:57 am

Jury learns of cop killer's criminal past during sentencing hearing

A jury this morning continued to learn more the criminal past of a man convicted of fatally shooting a police officer after a car chase in Dallas.

The same jury that convicted Mr. Ruiz last month will consider whether he should serve life with no parole opportunity or receive the death penalty.

In an effort to show the jury why Mr. Ruiz deserves to die for fatally shooting Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Mark Nix in March 2007, prosecutors presented more of Mr. Ruiz's past.

A Dallas police officer testified Tuesday morning that Mr. Ruiz led him on a high-speed chase from Deep Ellum into South Dallas in November 2004 before wrecking his car. Mr. Ruiz attempted to run, but did not get far, Dallas Police Officer Jerry Poston said.

Afterward Mr. Ruiz was arrested and his car searched. Inside police found a silver and black .25 millimeter handgun.

The 2004 chase that Officer Poston described sounded similar to the one in which Cpl. Nix was shot.

In the 2007 shooting involving Cpl. Nix, Mr. Ruiz led police on a high-speed car chase, then crashed.

But instead of running as he did before, he hid in the car and fired one shot through the window, striking Cpl. Nix in the chest. Cpl. Nix died from the injury.

(source: Dallas Morning News)

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