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Arizona's longest untried murder goes to court

Glendale Officer Anthony Holly was shot and killed during a traffic stop in 2007. (Facebook photo)

PHOENIX -- The longest untried murder in the history of Arizona is finally getting underway.

Jury selection will begin Monday in the murder trial of Bryan Wayne Hulsey, who is believed to be responsible for the 2007 killing of Glendale Police Officer Anthony Holly.

The road to get to trial has been such a long one because of issues with Hulsey's defense, according to KTAR's legal analyst Monica Lindstrom.

"There have been probably four or five changes in defense counsel from the beginning of the case to (now)," Lindstrom said.

The turnover in counsel has in effect forced each new defense team to start from the beginning in preparing Hulsey's case.

Lindstrom said statements and interviews recorded years ago will play an important role in the strength of witness testimonies.

"I doubt that there will be any issues with the physical evidence," Lindstrom said. "There could be some issues with witness testimony, because we all know that your memory starts to fade after time."

Holly was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Feb. 19, 2007, as he came to back up another officer during the stop. While removing occupants from the vehicle, Holly was shot after one man, believed to be Hulsey, removed a gun from his waistband.

Holly was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, where he was pronounced dead.

About the Author

A southern California native, Mark Remillard began working in radio in 2010 while in community college as a host of late night and weekend programming for publicly supported 88.5 FM KSBR. While working through college, Mark also interned for the Bill Handel Radio Program at Los Angeles' KFI AM640, where he began his work in journalism. Mark moved to Arizona in August 2012 to finish his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and graduated in August 2014. Mark began working as a reporter for KTAR in November 2012.


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