Husband, wife describe killing of NJ cop

February 2, 2012 10:33:21 AM PST
Jurors listened Thursday as a Lakewood couple described watching a young man shoot a police officer to death as he sat behind the wheel of his patrol car.

Leonard Scalzo and his wife, Denise, testified they had just gotten home from work and saw Patrolman Christopher Matlosz drive up to a young man near their house. They both described watching the suspect pull out a gun, lean into the patrol car and fire three shots.

The husband identified Jahmell Crockam in court as the shooter. His wife was not asked to identify the defendant.

The 20-year-old is accused of gunning down the 27-year-old officer in 2011.

Crockam's lawyer says police arrested the wrong man and questions the reliability of the witnesses.