Brian Fitch maintains he was simply a busy drug dealer collecting money on the day he was arrested for murdering Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.
Fitch had $2,993.43 in cash on him when he was captured after a shootout with police in a parking lot in West St. Paul, which law enforcement seized as evidence. See also: Brian Fitch Yells Obscenities at Judge After Being Found Guilty of Murdering Cop
Fitch wants that cash back.
Yesterday his lawyer filed a motion in Dakota County petitioning for the money to be returned, stating law enforcement did not file a forfeiture notice within 60 days, violating state law.
A hearing was set for May 7 to determine whether Fitch gets his cash. In the mean time, he continues to serve his life sentence in prison.
A benefit for Officer Patrick's family featuring live comedy, a silent auction and raffle will be held April 11 at the Bloomington Ramada. Organizers hope to raise enough money to send his family and Mendota Heights police officers to Washington D.C. for Police Week in May.
Also, Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) authored a bill (HF 1461) moving through the Legislature that would rename a portion of Highway 149 (a.k.a. Dodd Road) Officer Scott Patrick Memorial Highway.
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