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Cop-Killer Found Guilty of Capital Murder; Gets Life Behind Bars

Cop-Killer Found Guilty of Capital Murder; Gets Life Behind Bars

Richard "Joey" Hollingsworth is pictured during a break in testimony at his trail in Circuit Judge John Lockett's courtroom Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Mobile, Ala.

Associated Press

February 02, 2011

MOBILE, Alabama – Tuesday 1:42 p.m. Joey Hollingsworth’s family left the court in tears and would not talk on camera. But Brandon Sigler’s mom did talk to news 5. She’s praying for the family of the man convicted of killing her son.

“His family is hurting just as we’ve hurt,” said Nina Gordon. “My heart goes out to them as well. We both lost our children that day.”

Hollingsworth will automatically be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Tuesday 11:00 a.m. Jury finds Joey Hollingsworth guilty of capital murder in the 2009 shooting death of Mobile Police Officer Brandon Sigler. But prosecutors will not seek the death penalty.

Tuesday 10:30 a.m. The jury has reached a verdict. We will bring it to you as soon as its announced.


Brandon Sigler

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Jury deliberations are back underway in the capital murder trial of Richard “Joey” Hollingsworth, a man accused of shooting an off-duty Mobile police officer.

The jury got the case around 4 p.m. Monday and deliberated about an hour before recessing for the day.

Monday 10:30 a.m. The defense rested its case in the capital murder trial of Richard “Joey” Hollingsworth, a man accused of shooting an off-duty Mobile police officer.

Monica Henry, a neighbor who witnessed the June 2009 shooting, told jurors that she did not hear Brandon Sigler identify himself as a police officer. “Did you hear anybody yell out I’m a police officer,” asked Defense attorney Jeff Deen. “No, I did not,” Henry replied, though on cross-examination Henry admitted she may not have heard the entire exchange between Sigler and Hollingsworth, who was 18 at the time of the shooting.

Sigler was working as a courtesy officer at Tyler Ridge Apartments when investigators say he tried to break up a fight. Henry testified she saw Sigler pull out his gun and point it at Hollingsworth, demanding he get out of a truck. Henry says Sigler then put his gun back in his holster before he was shot.

“By the time I got there he was on the ground,” said Henry who witnessed the shooting from the balcony of her apartment. Henry testified that Sigler was lying flat on his back with his gun in his holster when she rushed over to help him.

Sigler died of a gunshot to his chest.

Hollingsworth is charged with capital murder because Sigler was a Mobile police officer, but prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

Closing arguments will begin at 1 p.m. Circuit Judge John Lockett posted a sign outside the courtroom banning electronics, including cell phones and laptop computers.

  • Derrick_max50


    over 3 years ago


    He should have received the death penalty, I see Alabama haven't change at all RIP my Brother Justice will be served in this life time or the next.

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    over 3 years ago


    now we have to pay for the p.o.s. for the rest of his life,what a waste of taxpayers dollars!

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP brother

  • 79611760-79--c84-traditional_cd_image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I pray Brandon Sigler may rest in peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    I cannot rate this one -- I want to rate it down 10,000 times because he is going to continue to breathe our valuable oxygen. I rate it up the same 10,000 because he will never walk the streets again (barring some stupid liberal politian). I believe in the death penalty especially for the murder of an Officer. The Officer's gun was in his holster. This makes it MURDER. I hope he rots in prision

  • Dsc00107_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Mrs. Sigler is a strong woman, GOD bless the Sigler family, RIP BROTHER!

  • Silver_warrior_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I don't understand the position of locking up someone for life, nor do I think I ever will. That person is now another boat anchor to society's ability to rebuild it's infrastucture by housing someone that will NEVER EVER contribute to society in a positive way. . . . . . EVER! Why should society (i.e. you and me) be required to spend between $35,000 and $50,000 (if not more) per year when a $2.00 bullet (if not less) will square the books of life and death. . . .right and wrong?

  • Clone_trooper_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Glad he'll rot in prison, but prosecutors not seeking the death penalty? That's the tragedy here. What, is a LEO's life not important enough?

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm all for the death penalty, but the thought of this guy wasting away in prison for life is satisfying. Just think, he is gonna be put in a hole forever. Hopefully, it will be a rough trip.

  • Badge__hat_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Insufficient punishment. The sorry POS should be taken out and hung by the neck until dead, dead, dead.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    He should have never gotten life, he should have gotten the needle.

  • Black_berry_013_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow,,,,that Mom is a classy women,,,,RIP brother,,id feel better if they give him the needle,,,,,but he can be someones B in the joint,

  • Badge_max50


    over 3 years ago


    We shouldn't waste more tax-payers money feeding this POS. I say hanging within 24hrs is not soon enough!!

  • Thinker_max50


    over 3 years ago


    At least he will never be on the street again! RIP Officer Sigler and kudos to your family for taking the morale high ground in showing compassion to the family of your killer...

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