New documents show man convicted in police officer’s murder will be in court in 2019

New documents show man convicted in police officer’s murder will be in court in 2019
Luzenski Cottrell entering the court room during his trial. | Source: Lisa Gresci

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A new court document filed Dec. 10 shows the man convicted of murdering a Myrtle Beach Police officer in 2002 was assigned a new attorney last month.

Luzenski Allen Cottrell was sentenced in 2014 for the second time for the murder of Myrtle Beach Police Officer Joe McGarry.

McGarry was shot and killed in a parking lot along Kings Highway Dec. 29, 2002.

The document shows Cottrell will return to court for a status hearing Feb. 25, 2019 in Georgetown County.

The hearing will discuss the scheduling of the case and whether his attorney needs more time to move forward.

There is also an evidentiary hearing set for May 28, 2019 at the Horry County Courthouse.

These hearings follow Cottrell’s latest request for a new trial in October.

On April 6, 2005, Cottrell was found guilty for killing McGarry and faced the death penalty with charges of murder, assault with intent to kill, grand larceny and resisting arrest.

Following his conviction, the South Carolina Supreme Court overturned the ruling in 2008, saying the jury did not consider a possible verdict of voluntary manslaughter.

He was retried, and on September 27, 2014, Judge Larry Hyman sentenced Cottrell to death after being found guilty twice for killing McGarry.

The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed Mr. Contrell’s conviction and sentence on December 20, 2017.

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