Felon Found Guilty of Killing Cop

Lamar Cooper faces life in prison

By Lacey McCraney
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 4:31 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Felon Found Guilty of Killing Chicago Police Officer

A verdict has been reached in the trial of Lamar Cooper, who is charged in the death of Chicago police officer Nathaniel Taylor. The decision is expected to be read at 4 p.m.

Taylor was trying to serve a search warrant on Cooper's house in 2008 when prosecutors say he was shot in the head and chest as he walked up to the suspect's car.

Cooper, 40, is charged with first-degree murder.

On Wednesday, the defense rested without calling a single witness to the stand. Not even Cooper took the stand to state his case.

In opening statements, Cooper's attorneys told jurors their client didn't realize Taylor was a police officer since he was in plain clothes at the time and shot him in self-defense, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Cooper was shot nine times by Taylor's partner who returned fire.

The trial, which began Monday, included more than 20 witnesses called by Cook County prosecutors.

If the jury in the case convicts Cooper, he faces a sentence of life in prison.

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