Late Wednesday afternoon, a judge decided the accused cop killer will not get bond. That decision comes after a two day preliminary hearing. Jereme Lamberth is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Detective Jared Jensen on February 22nd.
The prelim involved another handful of witnesses on the stand, recalling Jensen's murder. In court, a tape from dispatch is played tracing the detective’s final moments. His widow, Natalie, mother and step-dad all listen. “Metro 39 (Jensen’s I.D. Number)…Code 3! There is a shooting and one man is down…Costilla and Hancock, Costilla and Hancock." Seconds pass where there is silence on the dispatch tape and then the an officer gets on the radio, saying, “Code 3, officer down, officer down!”
Investigators say two bullets were fired at Detective Jensen. The defense says it was the first bullet that killed the officer, so Lamberth should be charged with 2nd degree murder because it was not pre-meditated. However, the prosecution says it was the second bullet that was deadly and Lamberth intentionally killed Detective Jensen.
Wednesday, the defense asked for the first degree murder charge to be dropped to a second degree murder charge. The judge said ‘no’, saying there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial for first degree murder.
Lamberth will enter his plea at his arraignment in late September. The District Attorney's office will then have 60 days after that to determine if they will pursue the death penalty.