2 arrested in killing of Phoenix officer investigating bad-check case

2 arrested in killing of officer investigating bad-check case

By Chelsea Schneider, Lynh Bui and Jennifer Price
The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Edward James Rose, 20, and Norma Lisa Lopez, 19, were formally charged Saturday night with first degree murder, burglary and forgery in connection with the death of Officer George Cortez Jr., 23. Neither are eligible for bond.

Cortez was investigating a report of an attempted forgery at Southwest Check Cashing near 83rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard when an already bad day for the city got even worse, Mayor Phil Gordon said.

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