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Judge denies bond for Ensley man accused of killing Birmingham Police Officer

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 A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge sent the case of an Ensley man accused of shooting and killing a Birmingham Police officer to a grand jury. Judge Clyde Jones also denied bond Tuesday to 40-year-old Patrick Johnson.

Johnson is accused of shooting Officer Keary Hollis, who was off-duty at the time in May, outside a convenience store on Bush Boulevard. 

During Johnson's preliminary hearing, Birmingham Police Detective James Canino took the stand. He said a witness saw Hollis accidentally back into Johnson's motorcycle and knock it over. Johnson was sitting on a crate outside the store and got up and ran after Hollis' firing shots into his car. 

Canino said the store's surveillance video shows Johnson's action leading up to the shooting but it does not show the actual shooting or a weapon in Johnson's hand. Canino also testified that no witnesses report seeing Johnson with a gun. Five shell casings were found at the scene, as well as a single gunshot wound to Hollis' head, Canino added.

Canino confirmed that Hollis was "legally drunk" at time of shooting. Toxicology reports show his blood alcohol level at 0.10, which exceeds the legal limit.

Salvagio asked Judge Jones to preserve urine and blood samples for independent testing. Jones granted that request.

Johnson remains in jail with no bond.

Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this developing story.
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