Gunman guilty in off-duty officer's slaying

AP News
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 3:29 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has been convicted of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer as the officer walked to a bus stop after an overnight shift.

Forty-year-old Officer Moses Walker Jr. was killed in an early-morning robbery attempt in August 2012.

A co-defendant testified this week that Walker looked like a college student and an easy target. He was dressed in shorts and carrying a backpack.

Walker instead reached for a weapon and was shot by his assailant.

Twenty-five-year-old Rafael Jones, who prosecutors say was the gunman, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in a non-jury trial that spared him a possible death sentence.

The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

Twenty-one-year-old co-defendant Chauncier McFarland pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and faces a 20- to 40-year prison sentence.