Still no lawyer for accused police killer

Jan. 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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TORONTO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The man accused of killing a Toronto police sergeant with a stolen snowplow appeared in court for a second time Tuesday, but still had no defense lawyer.

Appearing via video link from a jail northwest of the city, Richard Kachkar, 44, identified himself and agreed to another appearance Thursday when he said he will have selected a lawyer, The National Post said.

He has been backed in his first two brief court appearances by public defenders.

Kachkar still wore a sling on his arm, evidence of the police gunshot wounds he received Jan. 12, CITY-TV said. There were unconfirmed reports Kachkar was hit by three shots.

Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35, was killed by a man who stole a snowplow and then crushed the police officer.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Kachkar also faces two attempted murder charges related to the incident that included a chase lasting almost 2 hours, the report said.

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