Richard Chrisman, Phoenix P.D.'s Killer Cop, Wants New Grand Jury

Lawyers for the Phoenix police officer accused of killing an unarmed man -- and his dog -- want a new grand jury to take a look at the officer's case.

Officer Richard Chrisman was indicted for second-degree murder last month in the death of Daniel Rodriguez. If you're unfamiliar with the case click here -- it's wild.

Chrisman's lawyers filed a motion claiming the prosecutors in the case, Juan Martinez and Ted Duffy, omitted certain facts and ignored questions from the grand jury that indicted him.

Chrisman's lawyers say prosecutors never told the grand jury about Rodriguez's alleged drug use or comments made by Chrisman to the first officer on the scene.

They probably didn't mention the fact that Chrisman is on the Brady List for planting a crack pipe on a mentally ill homeless woman -- for more on that click here.

Duffy, as KPHO points out this morning, has at least one similar blemish on his prosecutorial record.

From KPHO:

"Doesn't surprise me at all. What does surprise me is that anyone would put him in charge of another murder case," said Daniel Raynak, a defense attorney who went head to head with Ted Duffy in a murder trial back in 2006.

Mr. Duffy did a lot of things during the trial that in my opinion were just outrageous," said Raynak.

Raynak says Duffy's misconduct included introducing evidence after he was told not to, and making statements about evidence that simply weren't true.Judge Arthur Anderson agreed, and after notifying the bar, Duffy was suspended for 30 days and given probation for a year.

That probation still stands, yet he is now one of two prosecutors handling Chrisman's prosecution.

"I think it's pretty clear that he knew what he was doing and he didn't care," said Raynak.

Check out the full KPHO story here.

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