Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The step-mom of police officer gunned down in East Harlem cursed at his accused killer Tuesday in court — after he whined about his case and stormed out of a hearing.
“You piece of sh—! Why did you kill my son?” Princess Holder screamed at Tyrone Howard as he was being led back to a holding cell in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Howard was in court for a pre-trial hearing in the murder of her 33-year-old stepson Randolph Holderin October.
Before the all-day hearing began, the career criminal, whose rap sheet includes 28 arrests, complained about not being prepared.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he told Judge Michael Obus. “How can we start the hearing today? I’m on trial for the rest of my life.
He added: “I’m blind. I don’t like it. I’m uncomfortable. I’m fighting for my life” before asking for a new attorney.
But the judge forged ahead, finding no reason not to proceed with the hearing.
“I’m not going to proceed,” Howard said as he got up from the defense table. “Ya’ll can proceed without me.”
The procedural hearing, which was regarding statements Howard made and the process in which he was identified as a suspect, included testimony from veteran Officer Paul Bliss, who saw Howard at least three times the night of Oct. 20.
Bliss, who’s served 22 years with the NYPD, was overcome with emotion as prosecutors played two recordings of police radio transmissions — one of which gunshots can be heard in the background.
Bliss and his partner were nearby in a patrol car when the deadly melee broke out in East Harlem.
“Do you recall where you were when you heard the gunshots coming over the radio?” asked prosecutor Linda Ford.
“About 105th and 1st Avenue,” Bliss said.
“How were you driving at this point?” she continued.
He replied, choking back tears, “As fast as the car would go — lights and sirens.”
Howard was arrested after giving chase to Holder and his partner following a drug-related shootout.