Jury deliberations began today for a woman who was with a man who shot and seriously wounded the Sacramento police dog Bodie last year before the suspect himself was fatally shot by officers.
Leslie Marie McCulley, 30, is facing attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges. Authorities said she was with her boyfriend, Lucus Jerome Webb, 33, when they were in a stolen car on May 18, 2012, and took off on a high-speed chase through the Hollywood Park and Land Park neighborhoods when police tried to stop them.
McCulley and Webb abandoned the car and took off on foot before officers caught up with them near Riverside Boulevard and Swanson Drive, police said. McCulley surrendered, but Webb ran into a back yard on Robertson Way where he shot Bodie and fired a round at the K-9's handler, who returned the fatal fire, according to the prosecution. The dog survived and the officer, Randy Van Dusen, was unhurt.
Deputy District Attorney Tate Davis argued to the Sacramento Superior Court jury today that McCulley fired a gun at police during the chase and shared his intent to try to kill a police officer. Assistant Public Defender Rachel Engle said McCulley did not know that Webb intended to shoot at one of the pursuing officers.