2008-11-14 / Top Stories

Pal: Cop Died Because Thug Wanted To Remain Free Trial Begins For Three Rockaway Cop Killers

By Howard Schwach

A friend of the three Rockaway men accused of killing Police Officer Russel Timoshenko has reportedly told authorities that one of the three told him that he shot the cop because he was on parole, in a stolen automobile, and carrying an illegal handgun.

"I wasn't going back to jail just for no gun," Dexter Bostic allegedly told his pal, Billy Barnes, as Barnes drove Bostic and Robert Ellis away from New York City to the Pocono Mountains area of Pennsylvania.

Barnes said that he drove the two men away from a massive manhunt that began after the third man, Lee Woods, was captured in a Far Rockaway apartment.

He allegedly did not know that police wanted the pair for shooting Timoshenko and wounding his partner, Herman Yan. He drove them from Far Rockaway, over the Long Island Sound on the ferry to Connecticut, and then west to Pennsylvania on Route 80.

During the drive, Bostic asked if Barnes had heard about the shooting. Barnes said that he had heard about it that morning, and Bostic said, "That's what happened" and, "They pulled us over, whatever, and I wasn't going back to jail just for no guns."

The car in which the three accused men were riding had been stolen from a Lawrence, Long Island dealership when they were pulled over on a Brooklyn street by the two cops.

As the cops approached the stolen black BMW, police say, multiple shots were fired at the two, striking Timoshenko in the head and wounding Yan, whose vest saved his life.

According to Barnes, Bostic and Ellis asked him to drive as far as they could go on a half tank of gas and then drop them off.

He dropped them off on the shoulder of a Pennsylvania highway and returned to Rockaway, only to find out that there was a massive manhunt for the two men.

Barnes reportedly told police what he had done and pinpointed where he had dropped off the pair.

Both were captured hiding in the woods the following day by Pennsylvania state troopers and returned to New York City.

Bostic, who allegedly fired the shots that killed Officer Timoshenko, says that he was simply driving the car when the two cops were shot.

Each of the three men is being tried by a separate jury, although the evidence will be presented only once by prosecutors.

The juries, designated blue, green and yellow, rotate into and out of the jury box on a regular schedule, taking turns in hearing the testimony against the three men.

Both Woods and Ellis have admitted that they were in the car at the time of the shooting, but have pointed fingers at Bostic as the shooter.

Timoshenko's parents, who have been attending every hearing and now the trial, told reporters that they do not care who was driving and who did the shooting.

"The three of them were there," Timoshenko's mother said. Nobody tried to prevent anything. They were just looking for their next victim. They don't care about human life."

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