Bryan Hulsey trial update: Jury finds man guilty in murder of Glendale officer

PHOENIX - A jury has found a Valley man guilty of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder in connection with the death of a Glendale officer during a 2007 traffic stop.

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury began deliberations Thursday in the case of Bryan Wayne Hulsey. On Monday morning, the court announced the jury had reached a verdict.

Hulsey was convicted of first degree murder in the killing of Glendale Officer Anthony Holly. He was also convicted of attempted first degree murder of Officer David Goitia.

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In 2007, Hulsey was a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for speeding and not having a license plate.

Holly was there to serve as backup to another officer who made the stop.

Prosecutors said Hulsey got out of the car and said "I got something for you," then fired two shots. One of those shots killed the 24-year-old officer.

Hulsey’s attorneys denied he killed Holly and instead suggested that Holly was unintentionally shot by the fellow Glendale officer who pulled over the vehicle then panicked and fired.

A bullet was never recovered, but fragments were found in Officer Holly’s body.

Hulsey supporters were seen tearing up after the verdict was read. After court was adjourned, some were heard loudly voicing expletives over the verdict, all in earshot of Officer Holly’s family.

“I feel that we should look for the truth instead of pretend it's some kind of game or battle between lawyers. The truth should be known, nothing should be hidden," said one supporter who would not give his name or tell reporters his relation to Hulsey.

Jan Blaser-Upchurch, who is the president of C.O.P.S.(Concerns of Police Survivors) was in court to support Officer Holly’s family said she heard the comments.

“It's disturbing. It's always difficult when you see the defendant's family react in a negative way. All of the families are in a difficult place," said Blaser-Upchurch who went through the court process when her husband DPS officer Sgt. John Blaser was killed in the line of duty.

The aggravation phase of the trial begins Tuesday morning.

Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez will argue four aggravating factors hoping for a death penalty.

Those factors include: Hulsey had a prior conviction of a serious offense, there was grave risk of death to another person, the crime was heinous and depraved and Holly was a peace officer.

 

 

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