MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- New details about the death of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder were released Tuesday afternoon during a hearing for accused killer Marco Perez.
Perez, 19, was charged with capital murder after police said he shot and killed Tuder at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile on Sunday, January 20.
In court Tuesday, Mobile Police Homicide Detective Jermaine Rogers took the stand to talk about MPD's investigation into the deadly shooting.
Rogers said Tuder received a tip from an informant that Perez was hiding at the Peach Place Inn. At the time of the shooting, Perez was wanted on several charges and had been on the run from police for weeks.
"The case will proceed to the Grand jury and once he's indicted out of the grand jury then we will have court dates. so we don't anticipate any coming up anytime soon," said Ashley Rich, the Mobile County District Attorney.
The detective said Tuder left his home in a personal vehicle and called to ask other police officers to back him up at the Peach Place Inn. Rogers said Tuder was dressed in blue jeans, a t-shirt, and was wearing a black jacket. He said the officer had his Mobile Police Badge on his belt.
According to Rogers, five surveillance cameras captured the events leading up to and following the shooting, but Tuder and Perez were off camera when the shots were fired.
The detective said the video shows Tuder arrive at the scene and immediately pull his gun out of its holster. Rogers said Tuder and Perez then got into a struggle with each other. During the struggle, Rogers said Tuder placed his gun back in the holster.
As the two continued to fight, the detective said Tuder and Perez moved out of sight of the surveillance cameras. During the time off camera, investigators said Perez pulled out a gun and shot Tuder three times. Police said Tuder was wounded in the back, right hand, left ear, and the left side of his chest.
After the shots were fired, Rogers said Perez ran back into view of the surveillance cameras, picked up a hat that was knocked off his head during the struggle, and ran into the woods.
Other officers arrived on the scene and captured Perez within minutes. Rogers said after Perez was in custody, he complained about being tazed and said, "I messed up. I messed up."
Rogers told the court that two witnesses and the police informant are willing to testify against Perez at trial.
At the end of the hearing, Judge Ben Brooks said the court found probable cause and sent the case to be heard by a grand jury. He also said Perez will remain in jail without bond.
Tuesday's hearing came a day after Judge Brooks issued a gag order in the case. That means anyone involved in the trial, including prosecutors, police, and defense attorneys, can't talk about the case in public. The court is concerned about pre-trial publicity affecting potential jurors in Mobile County.
"There's a gag order, so I can't answer any questions," Rich said.
"There has been a order or restraining any party from commenting on generally anything about the case," said Dennis Knizley, one of the defense attorney's on the case.
For the defense team, cases like this can be difficult to work on.
"The law is the law, sometimes the case law and the statues make defending a facts situation like this difficult, but that's what the law is and that's what my job is, so if it's hard so be it," Knizley said.