Myrtle Beach Police Remember Officer Slain in 2002


By Alicia Barnes

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Myrtle Beach police are remembering a fellow officer killed in the line of duty a decade ago.

A public service is happening Friday at a memorial stone dedicated to Joe McGarry outside the police department.

McGarry was killed Dec. 29, 2002, while confronting a suspect outside a doughnut shop.

Luzenski Allen Cottrell was convicted of murder in 2005 and faced the death penalty, but that conviction was overturned in 2008 by the state Supreme Court. The justices ruled that a jury should have been allowed to consider a lesser charge because McGarry may have been overly aggressive in questioning and restraining him.

Cottrell's retrial is still pending. After he was sent to death row for killing McGarry, Cottrell was convicted of killing another man in November 2002.

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