As an NYPD cop lay dying at a city hospital, his accused killer coldly asked detectives about the winner of a boxing match that took place the same night.
Demetrius Blackwell, 37, revealed the darkness in his heart when he inquired about the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout following the 2015 murder of Officer Brian Moore, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
“He’s remorseless and just doesn’t give a damn,” Queens District Attorney Dan Saunders said in his closing argument.
Saunders’ blistering final statement to the jury marked the end of a three-week trial that focused in part on Blackwell’s mental health.
His lawyer argued that the deranged ex-con suffered from issues so severe that he was not in control of his actions when he gunned down Moore.
“Mr. Blackwell has seizures and psychosis mixtures that shows he was not responsible,” his attorney David Bart said in his closing argument.
Mourners gather for funeral of NYPD Officer Brian Moore
The jury was expected to begin deliberations Wednesday night.
If convicted on the top charge of first-degree murder, Blackwell faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors say the suspect knew exactly what he was doing when he opened fire on Moore and his partner Erik Jansen along a Queens Village road.
The pair were on patrol in an unmarked sedan near the corner of 104th Rd. and 212th Place when they spotted Blackwell acting suspiciously.
Upon seeing the officers, the suspect crossed the street and shielded one side of his body as if he was hiding something.
Moore slowed his vehicle to a crawl and showed Blackwell his police badge.
Blackwell ignored Moore’s demands and pulled out a gun, firing three shots at the officer, prosecutors said.
Two bullets slammed into Moore’s head. A third struck Blackwell’s childhood home on 212th Place.
In seeking to prove Blackwell’s mental instability, his lawyer submitted 7,000 pages of medical records.
“Because of the confrontation on the street, he’s subjected to do things without a second thought,” Bart said.
NYPD officers hang a banner in town before the wake, honoring Brian Moore on May 7, 2015.
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“He acted badly, wrongly and stupidly, but it was not intent to kill,” the defense lawyer added.
Saunders ripped into a defense expert, Dr. Sarah Schaffer, after a witness discredited her claim that Blackwell suffered a seizure the day before the attack.
“I don’t know how much it cost to retain her, but even if she did this for free, Mr. Bart paid too much,” Saunders said.
“It’s clear, there’s no loss of self-control,” Saunders added. “Officer Brian Moore was killed because he was a police officer.”