Accused cop killer's side of the story

December 9, 2008 9:48:13 PM PST
A man accused of killing a Houston police officer was back before a judge this morning. New details have emerged about Mabry Landor's alleged confession.[DONATIONS: The 100 Club is taking donation to help the officer's family]

Landor has been charged with capital murder in the death of HPD Officer Timothy Abernethy.

It was revealed in court this morning that Landor told investigators that the reason behind the shooting is that when he was running from the officer, he tripped, fell and the gun accidentally went off. But one eyewitness told authorities it was more like an execution-style shooting.

The 28-year-old Landor appeared before a judge Tuesday for the second time in the last 24 hours. When Landor was being escorted into the courtroom, he was looking for family members, but none were present.

He told the judge that he hasn't talked to anyone in his family and no one has come to see him since he was arrested for the shooting and killing of Officer Abernethy.

Investigators are still in the process of trying to find the murder weapon used in the shooting, which happened Sunday morning just before 9am. They did a second search of the apartment complex where the shooting happened but they haven't been able to find that weapon.

The DA's office says they do not need the murder weapon to move forward in this case.

The next step is to determine if this will be a death penalty case. That will likely take place after the first of the year when the new administration takes over the district attorney's office.

If you wish to help the family of Officer Abernethy, contributions may be made at www.the100club.org, or mailed to 100 Club Survivor's Fund, 1233 West Loop South, Suite 1250, Houston, TX 77027-9107. One-hundred percent of "Survivor's Fund" donations go to the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

His funeral will take place at Champion Forest Baptist Church at 11am. The funeral is open to the public.

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