Cumberland County DA to announce developments in officer killer’s case

Carlisle/West Shore

The Cumberland County district attorney is set to make an announcement about the case against Seifullah Abdul-Salaam.

He was convicted of shooting 30-year-old New Cumberland officer Willis Cole three times during an August 1994 robbery at a New Cumberland coin shop. Cole died. 

Abdul-Salaam was sentenced to death. 

Last month, an appeals court ordered that he be re-sentenced because he did not have a good lawyer during his murder trial. The panel said the attorney didn’t call witnesses to talk about abuse Abdul-Salaam suffered growing up. 

District Attorney Skip Ebert said he needed time to decide how to respond to the ruling. He could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also wanted to speak with the victims in the case, including Cole’s family. 

Ebert’s announcement will be made at a press conference Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Cumberland County Courthouse. 

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