11/24/2000

Accused trooper killer's lawyer says his client is not guilty

PoliceOne Staff Report
(WASHINGTON) -- The lawyer for the man accused of killing an undercover Maryland State Trooper during a drug buy last month has said that his client was not the shooter.

The attorney for Kofi Apea Orleans-Lindsay, Billy Ponds, refuted prosecution claims, at one point trying to compare the suspect's flight to that of O.J. Simpson's. After a Tuesday hearing in federal court a judge ordered the suspect held without bond.

"There's no clear identification here. . . . We don't know right now how many people were out there that night or who pulled the trigger," Ponds told the Washington Post. "As far as who shot Trooper Toatley, our contention is that it was not Mr. Orleans-Lindsay."

Orleans-Lindsay, a 23-year-old convicted drug dealer, was arrested in Brooklyn, NY after a massive manhunt directly following the shooting.

When asked why his client fled to New York, Ponds recalled the image of O.J. Simpson fleeing police in his white Ford Bronco after being sought for the killings of his ex-wife and her friend.

"He (Simpson) was acquitted," Ponds told the Post.

Orleans-Lindsay is accused of shooting Trooper Edward M. Toatley in the head in Northwest Washington during a drug transaction. Video cameras installed in the troopers vehicle show the gun man to be wearing the same type of sweatshirt that Orleans-Lindsay was wearing just moments before the shooting, according to court documents.

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