Brooklyn cop-shooting suspects Dexter Bostick and Robert Ellis were arraigned on attempted murder charges before a sea of blue uniforms – and forced to give up DNA samples in court today.
In an unusual move, the judge ordered officers to swab the mouths of both men right in the courtroom, above the objections of their defense lawyers.
Bostick and Ellis, 34-year-old ex-con car salesmen, were nabbed in the Poconos earlier this week and hauled back to Brooklyn to face charges in Monday’s shooting of Officers Russel Timoshenko and Herman Yan.
About 300 cops filled the room in Brooklyn Criminal Court and clapped vigorously after the suspects were denied bail and led out of the courtroom.
Ellis’ lawyer, Daniella Eaddy, had argued her client should be granted bail because he didn’t shoot anyone. He pinned the blame on Bostick and their buddy Lee Woods, 29.
“At the time of the shooting, my client was driving the car,” she said. “That is a far cry from attempted murder.” Police believe Ellis and Bostick did the shooting while Woods drove the car, sources said.
Assistant District Attorney Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi noted that Timoshenko is on life support. She also underscored the cold-blooded nature of the crime, saying: “The officers didn’t even have the opportunity to protect themselves because of a barrage of gunfire as they approached the vehicle.”
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