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October 8, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- The father of two from Indiana was shot in the back of the head while working special detail in Chicago.

The victim, Thomas Cook, was a 43-year-old veteran police officer.

The crime occurred in 2006.

Jemetric Nicholson, of Harvey, Ill. is being tried in the case.

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The widow of a Metra police officer who was shot in the back of the head and killed more than nine years ago testified Tuesday in the trial of the felon accused of slaying her husband.

Jemetric Nicholson, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Thomas Cook, a 43-year-old veteran police officer who had been working a special detail near the 147th Street Metra station in Harvey when he was killed.

Pam Cook testified Tuesday at the Cook County courthouse in Markham that she spoke with her husband on the phone about their son playing soccer about 7:30 p.m. the night of his death. She told the jury that she tried calling him back twice that night before four officers came to her home about 10 p.m. and told her that her husband was involved in a crime scene.

Cook, a father of two from Indiana, was sitting in a Metra police car near the train station in Harvey when he was shot twice in the back of the head. He had been working overtime as part of an effort to investigate robberies at the station. Cook had been with Metra police since 2003 and had served 10 years with the Riverdale Police Department.

He was the first Metra police officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Nicholson, whose trial began Tuesday, faces more than 60 counts of murder in Cook's death.
He already is serving consecutive sentences in Stateville Correctional Center on convictions that include attempted murder and wouldn't eligible for parole until 2145. Nicholson was 23 when the state's attorney's office charged him in March 2010 with Cook's slaying, and 19 when the officer was killed. Prosecutors are seeking a natural life sentence against Nicholson, according to court records. 

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