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Ex-Con Accused In Officer Murder Ordered To Stand Trial

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Slain officer Ryan Bonaminio. (credit: CBS)

Slain officer Ryan Bonaminio. (credit: CBS)

RIVERSIDE (CBS)  — The ex-con accused of gunning down a Riverside police officer with his own firearm was ordered Friday to stand trial on first-degree murder and other charges.

Earl Ellis Green, 45, is accused of beating and then killing 27-year-old Officer Ryan Patrick Bonaminio at the end of a foot pursuit last November 7.

Green could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder count, and jurors find true special circumstance allegations of killing a peace officer and committing a murder to avoid arrest.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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