Trial for accused killer of Metra cop begins

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MARKHAM, Ill. --  The widow of a murdered Metra cop took the stand as the trial of his accused killer got underway Tuesday.

Officer Thomas Cook was gunned down in his Metra police car in 2006 in Harvey.

28-year-old Jemetric Nicholson was charged in 2010 with first degree murder in the slaying .  27-year-old Jeremy Lloyd  a co-defendant in the case, was also charged in 2009 for his role in the murder. Lloyd previously pled guilty to first degree murder charges and is currently serving a 40-year prison sentence.

According to prosecutors, Officer Cook was monitoring activity at the station due to a rash of reported armed robberies that had recently occurred when Nicholson and Lloyd made a plan to steal Officer Cook’s service weapon.  While Lloyd acted as a lookout, Nicholson approached the squad car and shot Officer Cook twice in the head and killed him, prosecutors say.

Cook left behind a wife and children.

His widow, Pam, told the jury she'd called him to talk about their son's soccer game but got no answer.  Later, officers knocked on her door with the bad news.

“He's very missed. He was a loving father. He did everything with us,” she said. “We never celebrated anniversary alone.  We celebrated them with the kids.”

But Nicholson's fiancée is standing by him and says authorities got the wrong guy.

“I hope that he gets a fair trial and he did not do it,” said Samaria Matthews.  “And I pray they catch the person who done it.”