Update, 1 p.m. William Foster pleaded guilty this morning in the 2008 death of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson, the Inquirer reports. His third-degree murder plea got him a 19- to 40-year sentence in state prison.
Original report The trial will start today for the 2008 death of a Philadelphia Police sergeant, Fox29 reports.
Sgt. Timtohy Simpson was en route to a call in his Port Richmond district when a driver crashed into his cruiser at Aramingo and Allegheny avenues, killing Simpson. William Foster is charged with third-degree murder, vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter for the crash. His license was suspended at the time, and he was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Earlier that year, Simpson’s former partner, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, was killed in the line of duty.