Trial for man accused of killing of RPD officer only allowing 10 uniformed officers in court room

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kelvin Vickers, the man accused of killing Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for a pre-trial hearing.

His murder trial is scheduled to start next week. When he does, only 10 uniformed police officers will be allowed in the courtroom.

The decision to only allow 10 uniformed officers in the courtroom was not made solely for this case. The precedent was set years ago. Officers in plain clothes are still allowed to attend the trial.

RPD says Kelvin Vickers came to Rochester to kill rival marijuana dealers. He and the two other men are believed to be part of a nationwide gang.

Police say Vickers ambushed and shot Officer Mazurkiewicz and his partner, Officer Sino Seng, on Bauman street in July 2022. The officers were doing an undercover investigation into the marijuana trade.

Seng was wounded but survived. A 15-year-old girl was also shot during the ambush. Vickers had been released from a Massachusetts maximum security prison less than a month before Officer Mazurkiewicz was killed.

Vickers was charged with the second-degree murder Officer Mazurkiewicz. He’s also charged with attempted murder, assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

District Attorney Sandra Doorley had wanted to try Vickers and his accused co-conspirators together with three separate juries. The judge denied Doorley’s request. The trial is expected to take a month according to the district attorney’s office.

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