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Death penalty is requested for man accused of killing a Nogales Police Officer

NOGALES – It has been nearly a year since a Nogales police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Officer Jesus Cordova died on April 27, 2018.

The Santa Cruz County Attorney is asking for the death penalty for David Murillo the man they said killed the Nogales police officer.

The last time the office tried a death penalty case was over 35 years ago.

Jesus Cordova was the first officer to die in the line of duty since 1888.

On April 27, 2018, officer Cordova responded to an armed carjacking.  Murillo was seen in his car driving in the area of Villa’s market. According to police, after being pulled over, Murillo got out of his car and began to fire multiple times at Officer Cordova.

Nogales Police Chief, Roy Bermudez said “Officer Cordova didn’t lose his life, he gave his life to the community. He gave his life for the department.”

Last week Chief Bermudez awarded Officer Cordova’s wife, Alyssa the Officer of the Year award.

The first ever Community Service plaque was awarded to the owner’s of Villa’s Market as they had to close for two business days for the investigation.

Bermudez said the past 10 months have been an emotional rollercoaster for the department and is encouraging the department and the community to move forward, recover and pick up the pieces in the name and memory of Officer Cordova.

Bermudez stated that it was a “senseless act that yields no winners.” And that the suspect did what he did to avoid jail but now the death penalty is being sought out for his actions.  Bermudez asks “what did he get out of it?”

A judge will rule on the death penalty request at a later time this year. A trial date has been set to be in the year 2021.




Lupita Murillo

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