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Teen held without bail in Fla. officer’s death

Nicholas Lindsey, 16, is accused of shooting officer David Crawford to death in St. Petersburg, Fla. Nicholas Lindsey, 16, is accused of shooting officer David Crawford to death in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jay Nolan/ Associated Press/ Pool)
Associated Press / February 24, 2011

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 16-year-old who was arrested and accused of killing a St. Petersburg police officer made his first court appearance yesterday and was ordered held without bail.

Officer David Crawford was shot multiple times Monday night while investigating a report of a prowler in a neighborhood near Tropicana Field, where the Tampa Bay Rays play baseball. Crawford was the third St. Petersburg officer to die in the line of duty in the past month.

Police identified the suspect as Nicholas Lindsey. He was arrested late Tuesday following an intense search.

“When he did make the admission on tape for us at the end of the day, it was quite apparent that he was remorseful in his actions,’’ Police Chief Chuck Harmon said during a late night news conference. “He cried.’’

Lindsey’s father made a tearful apology in the courtroom yesterday.

“On behalf of me, my son, and our entire family, we send our deepest concerns and sympathy to the family and his colleagues that he works with,’’ said Lindsey’s father, Nicholas, who broke into tears, according to St. Petersburg Times. “This is my only son, and I’m sorry that this happened.’’

Prosecutors intend to try Lindsey as an adult, the newspaper reported.

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