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Suspected cop killer will face the death penalty, the DA’s office says

Mark Estrada is faced with the death penalthy for allegedly shooting a Hayward police sergeant in 2015.

A man accused of a deadly shooting rampage in a San Francisco Bay Area police officer in July 2015, is faced with the death penalty.

.@AlamedaCounty District Attorney Nancy O’malley is searching for the #deathpenalty for a man who is accused of the murder of a @HaywardPD officer in 2015. It is only the 2nd time she has tried the punishment since taking the job in 2009 https://t.co/kk3qnA14Wt

— KTVU (@KTVU) – August 24, 2018

The decision was announced at a public hearing Thursday in the case of Mark Estrada, 24, but it was around the end of the Estrada the preliminary hearing in May 2017, the Bay Area, FOX 2 reported.

Estrada is accused of killing Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger, 48, during a routine traffic stop, 22 July 2015, in Hayward.

Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger was killed during a routine traffic stop in the early morning of 22 July, 2015.

(Hayward Police Department)

Around 3:15 pm, Lunger pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado truck, because it was swerving and nearly hit other vehicles, prosecutors said.

Lunger, a 15-year-old veteran and father of two, was fatally shot in the head and thigh after he approached the vehicle. Lunger partner, who stood a little way back, fired at the car before it was removed. Lunger was later pronounced dead at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Estrada was arrested and accused of murder on a peace officer in the course of his duties, committing a murder while lying in wait and committing a murder by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Estrada avoided a plea deal for 13 months before finally pleading not guilty on Aug. 25, 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle.

In court Thursday, Estrada sought the fire, there are two lawyers. Alameda County Superior Court Judge James Cramer allowed Estrada to fire lead to his lawyer, but not the second, and referred him to the Public Defender ‘ s Office for a new view.

Prosecutor will seek death penalty accused Hayward cop killer https://t.co/Td6c0eG4hL

— East Bay Times (@EastBayTimes) August 23, 2018

The Public prosecutor of the Office will reveal Monday whether to represent him. Estrada’s case is tentatively scheduled for November. 26.

His case is only the second for that of Nancy O’malley, the current Alameda County district attorney, has sought the death penalty, the East Bay Times reported. In 2016, O’malley’s office sought the death penalty in the case of a man who was convicted for the murder of an 8-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man in separate incidents in 2013.

O’malley is the county’s DA since 2009.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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