Convicted cop killer asks for new trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Convicted cop killer asks for new trial

A man convicted of killing a Memphis Police officer in 1997 was in court Tuesday morning, asking for a new trial.

In spite of his murder conviction and death sentence, Timothy McKinney claims he did not kill a Memphis Police Officer eight years ago.

Donald Crump was a witness on the night of the shooting.

"A lot of the customers started running back inside, and said shots were fired, and Officer Williams had been hit," he said.

McKinney's defense team, headed up by Nashville Attorney Paul Morrow, will call more than 50 witnesses to recall the night of the shooting, and the investigation that followed.

McKinney claims his original defense was inadequate.

The shooting happened on Christmas night, 1997, while Officer Don Williams was working off duty as security at Crumpy's Comedy Club.

Prosecutors said McKinney was kicked out of the club that night for causing trouble, and later returned with a gun, shooting Williams in the face.

At Tuesday's hearing, the defense indicated police never considered anyone but McKinney.

Officials expect court proceedings to last several days.

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