Friday, March 7, 2008

Cop killer Lopez-Quintero found guilty - thank you, citizens of Racine County

Ezequiel Lopez-Quintero was convicted this afternoon of first degree intentional homicide woth a dangerous weapon in the shooting death last year of Kenosha County Deputy Sheriff Frank Fabiano, jr.

The jury took a little under three-and-one-half-hours to reach its verdict in the week-long trial which was moved to Racine due to pretrial publicity.

Jurors also found Lopez-Quintero, an illegal immigrant, guilty of carrying a concealed weapon.

Amy Fabiano, the slain deputy's widow, wept loudly when the verdict was read by Circuit Judge Wilbur W. Warren III. Mrs. Fabiano was consoled by Probation Agent Jennifer Merlin whose husband, Ray, is a deputy sheriff.

The jurors didn't buy Lopez-Quintero's defense that he was "too damn drunk" to have formed sufficient intent to commit what used to be called first degree murder. The defense argued for a lesser crime of first degree reckless homicide.

Sentencing will be at a later date.

Congratulations are due to Kenosha County District Attorney Robert D. Zapf and University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police Officer Jimmie Spino who backed up Fabiano and exchanged gunfire with Lopez-Quintero.

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