Accused cop killer asked fellow inmate to help murder 2 witnesses

 

The in-prison murder plot of accused cop killer Brian Fitch was revealed in court Tuesday morning. Fitch allegedly asked a fellow prison inmate for help in killing two key trial witnesses.

Fitch, 40, is standing trial on charges of first-degree murder for the July 30, 2014 shooting death of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick during a routine traffic stop. He faces several other charges related to his shootout with police in St. Paul following an all-day manhunt.

Prosecutors said Fitch drew map with information on the homes of the witnesses.

Trial delay denied

Tuesday morning, the defense demanded a trial delay, or to suppress the prison murder plot evidence, saying they need more time to find an expert. The judge ruled against any delay, instead moving the trial along into jury questioning.

Explosive letter revealed

Late this afternoon, prosecutors uncovered a prison letter allegedly written by Fitch. It says he might make a scene if any witnesses start lying on the stand.

"I'm not going to be able to hold my tongue. If anyone gets up on the stand and is for sure telling a lie, I'll call it outloud everytime," the letter says. "What are they going to proceed without me? Nope. This is going to be a very interesting trial to say the least."

Also today, two jurors for Fitch's trial were seated.

Patrick's family wants justice

Fox 9 spoke with Mike Brue, brother of Officer Patrick.

"It's still difficult if not impossible to say what the loss means in my life," Brue says. "Even from a distance, he was a huge part of my life. He was not only a brother, but a confidant. One of my best friends."

"I want the judicial system to deal with this in as clean and thorough and just way as possible," he adds.

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