Cop killer Brian Fitch appeals to Supreme Court over conviction


Brian Fitch, the man convicted of murdering Mendota Heights cop Scott Patrick, is the subject of an appeal in the Minnesota Supreme Court.

The Forum News Services reports the court has been hearing oral arguments from the 41-year-old's lawyers objecting to the way his trial was handled.

The main point of argument is that Fitch was tried and convicted of two crimes together – the killing of Officer Patrick and a shootout with the cops who tracked him down – which they argue should have been handled as two separate cases.

If the court finds in Fitch's favor, it could mean he has the right to new trials.

According to FOX 9, the Supreme Court is not likely to make a decision for several months, and Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom is adamant his conviction should stand.

"We believe we tried him in accordance with the constitutional rights he has in this state," he told the TV station. "He was convicted, he got a fair trial, and he got the penalty he deserves."

Fitch was sentenced to life without parole after being convicted of the first-degree murder of Officer Patrick, who he killed during a traffic stop in West St. Paul in July 2014, and three counts each of attempted murder and assault following the shootout with officers, WCCO notes.

The Forum News Services says these events were separated by eight hours, five miles and a county line, hence the appeal from Fitch's attorneys.

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