ACCUSED COP-KILLER Rafael Jones is expected to face trial next week, attorneys confirmed yesterday.
Jones, 25, is accused of fatally shooting off-duty Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 20th Street in North Philly about 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2012, during a robbery.
During a short status briefing before Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart yesterday, Assistant District Attorneys Jude Conroy and Brian Zarallo and defense attorney Michael Coard confirmed that they will be ready for trial on Monday.
Jones' co-defendant, Chancier McFarland, 21, pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy in Walker's slaying.
Under terms of the negotiated plea, McFarland will serve 20 to 40 years in prison and has agreed to testify against Jones.
Coard, Jones' attorney, said yesterday: "As counsel for Rafael Jones, who, like all defendants, is presumed innocent, I continue to prepare for his death-penalty trial in which I will zealously show that he is not guilty of shooting or robbing the courageous and beloved Officer Moses Walker."
Prosecutors have previously said McFarland stole Walker's iPod and headphones, but did not have a gun during the ambush. They contend Jones shot Walker.
Walker, 40, was on his way to catch the Route 61 bus after his 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift at the 22nd Police District, headquartered at 17th Street near Montgomery Avenue, when Jones and McFarland allegedly accosted him.
Prosecutors have said that Walker was shot twice - once in the chest and once in the abdominal area - and that he then fell near a vacant lot at Moore Avenue and Woodstock Street, near 20th.
Jones was arrested Aug. 24, 2012. McFarland turned himself in to police in Mobile, Ala., a few days later.
McFarland, who is in federal custody in a carjacking case, has already given authorities a statement implicating himself and Jones in Walker's slaying, prosecutors have said.