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Suspect in photo radar killing to be charged with first-degree murder



PHOENIX – An Arizona prosecutor has decided to charge a man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a photo radar van operator in Phoenix.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas made the announcement Wednesday that 68-year-old Thomas Patrick Destories will face the most serious charge possible in the killing of the operator.

Destories also was charged with drive-by shooting and firing a gun at a structure.

Authorities allege that Destories shot and killed 51-year-old Doug Georgianni as he operated a state photo radar van on Sunday night.

Destories and his lawyer declined to comment Wednesday.

A court record says that when Destories was arrested on Monday, he apologized to police and told them he never meant to hurt anyone.

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