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Jury recommends death for cop killer

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 16 -- A Southern California has urged the judge to sentence a twice-convicted killer to death for murdering a Manhattan Beach police officer during a traffic stop nearly five years ago. The jurors announced their verdict against 33-year-old Roger Hoan Brady today in a courtroom packed with observers, including several dozen colleagues of the slain officer, Martin Ganz.

Brady is already serving a life prison sentence for killing a 55- year-old nurse after an August 1994 robbery at a supermarket near Portland, Ore. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say ballistics tests determined that a gun found in Brady's Oregon home was used to kill both Catalina Correa and Ganz. Brady was extradited to stand trial in California in 1996 for the Dec. 27, 1993, shooting death of Ganz outside the Manhattan Village Shopping Center as he pulled Brady over for a traffic stop. Ganz was the first Manhattan Beach police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Ganz's 13-year-old nephew was in the patrol car when Ganz was shot to death. Prosecutors say Brady pointed his gun at the boy after shooting Ganz in the head, but didn't fire at him. At the time, Brady was on parole after serving about two years of a federal bank robbery sentence in a holdup at an Agoura Hills savings and loan in 1989. Brady will be formally sentenced next month. ---

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