American Man Charged With Murdering British Policeman


LONDON (AP) -- An American man appeared in court Thursday charged with last week's fatal shooting of a policeman.

David Francis Bieber, who is also known as Nathan Wayne Coleman, appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court in northern England charged with murdering Police Constable Ian Broadhurst on Dec. 26 and attempting to murder two fellow officers. He was ordered to remain in custody until a hearing at Leeds Crown Court on Jan. 8.

Bieber, who gave his age as 35, has been identified by U.S. authorities as an American sought on a murder conspiracy warrant in Florida.

Broadhurst was fatally shot and his partner was seriously wounded by a gunman in Leeds on Boxing Day. The two officers had discovered a parked car was stolen and were taking the driver into custody when he drew a gun and fired on them, police said.

West Yorkshire Police later named the suspect as Nathan Wayne Coleman, and described him as a 37-year-old American who had been living in Britain for several years and worked as a doorman.

Officers arrested a man early Wednesday in Gateshead in northeastern England but, according to British police practice, did not immediately name him.

The Sheriff's Department in Lee County, Florida said Wednesday that Coleman was another name for David Bieber, who disappeared in 1995 after the sheriff issued a warrant for conspiracy to commit murder.

Police and FBI officials linked the two homicides through fingerprints on Tuesday, Lee County sheriff's deputy Larry King said.

Bieber is accused of paying two men US$1,000 to kill Markus Mueller, a fellow personal trainer and bodybuilder, as he answered the door of his home in Bonita Springs, Florida, in February 1995.

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