12/04/2012

Family of man killed by off-duty officer seeks millions

A lawyer for the family told jurors he would peel back the curtain on consistent "willful blindness"

By John P. Martin
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Frank Tepper's fate was sealed months ago, when a Common Pleas Court jury convicted the former Philadelphia police officer of first-degree murder for shooting a 21-year-old neighbor outside his Port Richmond home in 2009.

Another jury was handed a more complex set of questions on Monday: Was Tepper's killing of Billy Panas part of a pattern of predictable rogue behavior that went unchecked during his 16 years as a police officer? If so, should the city be held accountable? Or was Tepper a "drunken idiot" acting on his own?

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