Witnesses located in NYC cop slaying

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The lawyer for actor Lillo Brancato says he has a witness who could back up his client's version of the slaying of an off-duty New York policeman.

Attorney Joseph Tacopina told the judge in the case Tuesday that Brancato was not trying to break into a Bronx apartment, and that witnesses saw Brancato banging on the window and yelling for a drug dealer who lived in the building, the White Plains (N.Y.) Journal reported.


Officer Daniel Enchautegui was killed last December when he came upon the commotion and took it for a burglary in progress.

Brancato -- who appeared in the movie "A Bronx Tale," and also had a supporting part in the HBO series, "The Sopranos" -- contends he wasn't burglarizing anything and had no idea that his alleged accomplice, Steven Armento, had the gun that was used to shoot the officer.

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