Thursday, April 07, 2005
Cop killer tells jury he acted 'out of patriotism'
Red Bluff is in Califonia's Central Valley, often refered to as "the Midwest of California," because its rural society reflects the patriotism and religious conservatism of the heartland.
The convicted killer of Red Bluff police officer David Mobilio testified Wednesday that he committed the murder to make a political statement against the erosion of American civil liberties, especially the right of citizens to bear arms.
"I did this out of patriotism," 26-year-old Andrew Hampton Mickel said, offering for the first time under oath a motivation for ambushing Mobilio while the officer was refueling his patrol car at a Red Bluff gas station in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2002.
"Our liberties are under attack," added Mickel, who shot Mobilio twice in the back and once in the head.