“Mr. Howard is refusing to appear and now says he’s Muslim and will not come to court on Fridays,” said Justice Michael Obus after defendant Tyrone Howard told court officers he wouldn’t leave the pen for a scheduled hearing on his first-degree murder case.
Several cops, who showed up to support the slain officer, scoffed from the gallery at the 31-year-old killer’s alleged conversion.
“Mr. Hurwitz, were you aware he was going to take that position?” the judge asked defense lawyer Michael Hurwitz in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“No,” the attorney replied.
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Suspect, Convert to Islam, Tyrone Howard
Holder, 33, was tragically murdered Oct. 20 of last year when he and his partner pursued Howard on foot after the thug got into a drug-related shootout in East Harlem.
As the cops chased him down a ramp near the footbridge of the East River Promenade and 120th Street, Howard allegedly pulled out a .40-caliber Glock and shot Holder in the forehead.
His partner, Omar Wallace, returned fire, wounding Howard in the buttocks.
Howard, who has a rap sheet that includes 28 arrests, was already wanted in connection with a Sept. 1 shooting.
Accused cop killer skips court date because he found Allah
By Rebecca Rosenberg
New York Post
April 1, 2016 | 1:39pm