PHOENIX (AP) _ A jury has convicted an Arizona man of murder in the 2007 shooting death of a police officer during a traffic stop. Bryan Wayne Hulsey was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Glendale Officer Anthony Holly.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning so that the jury can determine whether there were ``aggravating factors'' in the case that will determine whether Hulsey is eligible for a death sentence.
Authorities say the shooting occurred after Hulsey exited the vehicle that had been pulled over for speeding and not having a license plate.
Hulsey's attorneys have denied he killed Holly and instead alleged that he was unintentionally shot by the officer who pulled over the vehicle.
STATEMENT FROM GLENDALE POLICE:
"Seven years, 5 months and 9 days ago Glendale Police Officer Tony Holly was killed in the line of duty. Today, a jury has confirmed that Brian Wayne Hulsey is guilty of murdering Tony as well as the attempted murder of Officer David Goitia. While the decision today cannot relieve the pain of losing Tony, we are hopeful that it provides some comfort for his family, our department and our community. We continue to remain steadfast in our assertion that justice for Tony and his family will prevail as we enter the penalty phase of the trial."