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Grand jury evidence videos released in killing of SDPD officer

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8 ) -- Newly released grand jury evidence shows the inside of the apartment where San Diego Police Officer Christopher Wilson lost his life in October 2010.

A San Diego judge recently unsealed prosecution evidence photos and videos that were presented to a criminal grand jury in the case in July 2012.

The gunman who shot Officer Wilson, Holim Lee, 30, committed suicide in the apartment along with his girlfriend, Lucky Xayasene, 27.

Three other defendants – Patrick Luangrath, 22; Melissa Ortiz, 23; and Alex Charfauros, 28 are now charged with murder as accomplices.

Part of the unsealed evidence includes police interrogation videos of defendant Luangrath and his girlfriend, defendant Ortiz (see extended video clips posted on this page).

Gunfire erupted in the apartment shortly after police started pounding on the apartment door on the evening of October 27, 2010.

That's when Luangrath and Ortiz claim they dove into a bedroom closet to hide from the officers. Both defendants deny they had knowledge of weapons inside the apartment, according to the interrogation videos.

The evidence photos taken inside the apartment show where Officer Wilson lay bleeding to death with a gunshot wound to the head. Prosecutors say Lee opened fire, hitting Wilson, as officers kicked in the bedroom door where Lee and Xayasene were hiding out.

The photos also show bloody drag marks leading out of the apartment, where rookie SDPD Officer Marisela Hernandez tried to pull Wilson to safety.

"I holstered my firearm. I returned into the apartment and I started lifting Officer Wilson up so that I could pull him out," Hernandez told the grand jury last year.

Once Wilson was outside, Deputy U.S. Marshal Michael Banez held Wilson's head and tried to stop the bleeding as he spoke to the wounded SDPD officer.

Banez said, "Stay with me. Stay with me. You are going to be okay. Fight. Fight. You have something to live for," according to his grand jury testimony.

"I saw an officer die in my hands," Banez testified.

Photos taken inside the bedroom show the bodies Lee and Xayasene laying in the rubble of a torn-open wall, which police demolished during their entry into room.

In the corner of the bedroom, one of the evidence photos shows a sign that reads, "We must protect this house."

Police also found a cell phone video, recorded weeks before the murder, of the gunman showing off two handguns.

It's one of several videos that were shown to the grand jury before the panel handed a murder indictment against Luangrath, Ortiz, and Charfauros.

In the evidence videos, Charfauros is seen smoking methamphetamine in the apartment with the Lee and Xayasene. One video also shows defendant Luangrath handling a gun in the background.

The videos will be used at trial to try and prove a criminal conspiracy involving guns, drugs and gang activity.

Ortiz's defense attorney, Wil Rumble, issued a statement to News 8, which said in part, "the evidence release... further supports the conclusion that Mr. Lee and Ms. Xayasene were the ones who shot firearms on October 27, 2010, that Mr. Lee is the person that actually shot and tragically killed Officer Wilson. Ms. (Ortiz) did not fire any weapons and is not guilty."

Attorneys representing the other two defendants did not respond to News 8's messages.

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