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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A private detective and a lawyer on Tuesday said they think they have cracked one of Broward County's most notorious unsolved murder cases - the slaying of Sheriff's Sgt. Christopher Reyka.
In an unusual legal move, defense attorney Joseph Pappacoda and private investigator Daniel Riemer filed a citizen's arrest warrant with a Broward judge, asking her to agree they have established probable cause as to who killed Reyka. The Wellington father of four was gunned down Aug. 10, 2007 outside a Pompano Beach Walgreens store.
Pappacoda and Riemer declined Tuesday to disclose who they want to arrest and what evidence they have presented to Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes. They said the Broward Sheriff's Office is aware of what they have uncovered.
Asked to comment, sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said there is no homicide the office would like to solve more.
"The killer, or killers, will be charged, but not until we have an airtight case," Leljedal said. He accused Pappacoda and Riemer of trying to upstage Sheriff Al Lamberti and harm his election chances next month.
Pappacoda said the upcoming election played no role in his legal request, and that he is doing it "because it is the right thing." The attorney acknowledged his attempt to seek a citizen's arrest warrant is an extreme rarity in Florida.
There is a $267,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of Reyka's killer or killers.