A police officer left to die on the street after being struck by a plow may finally get justice as his killer is brought to trial. Witnesses testified against the defendant, 46-year-old Richard Kachkar, on Wed., Feb. 6, 2013.
Kachkar is the suspect in the death of 35-year-old Sgt. Ryan Russell, the police officer left to die after Kachkar allegedly struck him with a plow on a snowy street, fracturing his skull and killing him.
According to Yahoo! News, Kachkar allegedly stole the snowplow at a local Tim Hortons coffee shop when two landscapers stopped for coffee there at approximately 5 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, leaving their plow in the parking lot. The suspect proceeded to drive the plow around Toronto for two hours after stealing it, hitting several cars on his journey and yelling incomprehensibly "about the Taliban, Chinese technology and a microchip in his body."
One of the officers who responded to the scene of the incident testified that she saw a gaping hole in the back of Russell's head. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and dangerous driving. It has already been established that Kachkar was behind the wheel of the plow. His defense is based solely on his mental state. Multiple witnesses saw the incident as it took place, and they testified that the plow made a beeline directly toward the officer without swerving or attempting to avoid him.
Hopefully the family of fallen police officer will get justice after losing their beloved family member. The trial is expected to take two months, but Russell's family's grief will last forever.