Friday, September 18, 2009

Trial Date Set for Detective Rickie Durham

A former Philadelphia police officer accused of tipping off a drug kingpin about a raid will head to trial next week.

Jury selection ended Thursday in the obstruction trial of former detective Rickie Durham. Durham is accused of calling childhood friend and former NBA player Jerome "Pooh" Richardson about an upcoming raid on a suspected drug dealer. Richardson's half-sister lived with the suspect.

Authorities say Richardson the called his half-sister and spoke to her boyfriend, Alton "Ace Capone" Coles. A few hours later more than 200 officers arrested the couple and others linked to Coles.

Coles was convicted last year of running a $25 million cocaine ring and is serving a life term.

Durham, 43, is charged with obstruction of justice and other charges.

Jerome Richardson is not charged.

Information from: Philadelphia Daily News,

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