Murder charged after deputy dies 30 years later

The cop died three decades later from injuries related to the shooting


Associated Press

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Two men convicted of shooting a Southern California sheriff's deputy in 1980 have been charged with his murder following his death this year of related injuries.

The Orange County district attorney's office said Friday that 54-year old David Knick of Yucca Valley and 55-year old Robert Strong of Riverside each have been charged with one count of murder and are being held on $1 million bail.

Prosecutors say the two men served prison time for attempted murder for shooting Deputy Ira Essoe after he approached them in a mall in Orange.

Essoe was paralyzed and eventually had his legs amputated. He died in February of sepsis, which prosecutors say was related to injuries from the 1980 shooting.

Knick and Strong face arraignment Friday.

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