Jason Jones, 27, claimed he had a heart-to-heart with accused gunman Robert Ellis during which the suspect came clean about the 2007 shootings that left Timoshenko dead and partner Herman Yan wounded.
"He said he wanted to get numbers instead of letters," Jones recalled, meaning a prison sentence rather than life. "He said he wanted to get home to make sure the officer got what he deserved."
Ellis' lawyer, Danielle Eaddy, insisted that Jones - who has a lengthy rap sheet - shouldn't be trusted because he was coming forward in hopes of reducing a drug arrest to a misdemeanor.
The snitch, who said he first met Ellis, 35, five days after the shooting, said the accused cop killer opened up to him about what happened when the cops pulled him over in a stolen BMW, along with Dexter Bostic, 36, and Lee Woods, 35, in Brooklyn.
Jones' testimony throws cold water on Ellis' claim that he was behind the wheel of the stolen BMW and it was Woods and Bostic doing the shooting.
COP-KILL CANARY UP FOR 89G PAYOFF, Last updated: 11:11 am December 9, 2008, Crime doesn't pay - unless you're the Long Island man who helped two ex-cons flee after they allegedly gunned down rookie cop Russel Timoshenko.
Billy Barnes, 36, a hospital tech and childhood friend of accused gunman Dexter Bostic, told jurors in Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday he stands to collect an $89,000 reward for turning in his buddy and another man after dropping them off in the woods in Pennsylvania after the shooting.
"Yeah, put me in for it," Barnes said he told detectives as he was riding with them back out to the Poconos to show them the spot in the mountains where he left Bostic and co-defendant Robert Ellis on July 9, 2007. A third man, Lee Woods, 30, is also charged with first degree murder in the cop's death. Barnes claimed he was held "hostage" by Bostic and Ellis, who threatened him with a knife.
See my prior post, Sunday, November 23, 2008, Grainy video allegedly shows NYPD's Timoshenko murder suspect fleeing from stolen BMW, Dexter Bostic also eyed in murder at Universal Auto World
See my prior post, Tuesday, August 19, 2008, NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko killing appears linked to used car scam at Universal Auto World LI; As part of the homicide probe, Nassau County police raided the Universal Auto World dealership, owned by auto czar Michael Oshry, and Oshry's Hewlett Harbor home and seized business records. Cops found banking records were sent to the house, though the state requires such files be kept at businesses, according to court papers filed in a civil forfeiture action by the Nassau district attorney. "The dealership knew what was going on," an investigator said.
See my prior post, Sunday, July 27, 2008, UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD AND VICTORY TOYOTA USED CAR DEALERSHIPS ON LONG ISLAND CHARGED IN CAR SCAM AND STILL LINKED TO OPEN MURDER CASE; UNIVERSAL AUTO WORLD helped drug dealers, pimps and gang members buy luxury cars and keep their names off motor vehicle records, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Wednesday. The scheme operated out of Universal Auto World and Victory Toyota, investigators search yielded evidence of an alleged million-dollar fraud scheme at the Universal Auto World Lawrence, N.Y., dealership, which closed in June 2007.
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