- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man charged with fatally shooting three city officers has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

At the hearing, Richard Poplawski could have challenged the prosecution’s evidence. By waiving it Wednesday, he and his attorney acknowledge there is enough evidence to hold him for trial.

Poplawski is accused of lying in wait for officers Stephen Mayhle (MAY’-lee), Paul Sciullo (SHOO’-loh) and Eric Kelly.

Mayhle and Sciullo went to Poplawski’s home April 4 after his mother called 911. Police say the 22-year-old man was wearing a bulletproof vest and gunned the two down as they arrived. Kelly was shot trying to assist them.

He is charged with three counts of homicide. Prosecutors have the option of seeking the death penalty.

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