Death penalty sought in slaying of officer
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a rookie Sacramento policewoman in an ambush last year.
Adel Sambrano Ramos, 46, appeared in court and showed no reaction to the prosecutors’ decision in a hearing that lasted only a few moments, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Last March, Gov. Gavin Newsom halted executions for as long as he remains governor, but the death penalty remains on the books and courts have been proceeding on the assumption that executions may one day resume.
Ramos, who hasn’t entered a plea, is charged with murder with special circumstances in the June 19 shooting of Tara O’Sullivan. He also is charged with weapons crimes and the attempted murder of O’Sullivan’s training officer and six other officers and county sheriff ’s deputies during an eight-hour standoff.
A call to his attorney, Peter Kmeto, was not immediately returned.
O’Sullivan, 26, had been on the job just six months and was still in training when she was killed during a domestic violence call at Ramos’ home.