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Andre Hill's Family Looks Forward To Murder Conviction In His Death

The family of Andre Hill, the unarmed black man killed in December by a white Columbus police officer, say they are relieved that Adam Coy has been indicted and arrested for his murder.  

Attorney Ben Crump says they are relieved - but not satisfied.

"They understand this is only the first step to getting justice, and making sure that he is convicted for the murder of their father."

Coy faces charges of murder, felonious assault and two charges of dereliction of duty, including failing to turn on his body camera, and failing to let his partner know he felt Hill was a threat. 

Hill's daughter Karissa says she wants across the board convictions.

"And we are going to make sure that all four convictions happen....  I wish we could have added a couple more charges, but I'm not going to get into that."

Recovered body camera footage shows that Coy shot Hill several times as he stood holding a cell phone in the garage of an acquaintance, just seconds after Coy and his partner responded to a non-emergency call about a car parked on the residential street.

Without disputing the actions taken, Coy's attorney Mark Collins takes issue with the charge of murder:

"Which means that allegedly my client  intended knowingly - the knowing element - to cause serious physical with a deadly weapon, and someone dies. That's the concept. However, police officers are trained a certain way, to take action, purposeful action, to stop a threat.  So that kind of doesn't make sense."

Coy is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Friday afternoon.  He was fired by Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, on a recommendation from then Police Chief Tom Quinlan.  The Fraternal Order of Police lodged a complaint over Coy's termination, saying he had not been given a hearing with the chief first.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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