Alleged Cop Killer Appears In Court

In this courtroom artist's sketch, former fugitive, Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, is seen during his appearance in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday morning, Sept. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Ralph Sirianni)
AP/Ralph Sirianni
A former fugitive suspected of fatally shooting a state trooper and wounding two others made his first court appearance Saturday, hours after surrendering in a field over the Pennsylvania state line following a five-month manhunt.

Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, who once threatened to "splatter pig meat all over Chautauqua County" in upstate New York, appeared in U.S. District Court where a judge agreed to turn him over to state police to face a charge of attempted murder of a state trooper in Chemung County.

During the four-minute hearing, the exhausted and unshaven suspect answered "yes" when asked if he was Ralph Phillips and if he had received a copy of the federal complaint charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

He stood with his hands folded in front of him as the judge spoke. After the appearance, U.S. Marshals placed a chain around his waist, handcuffed him and led him out of court.

Phillips, a 44-year-old career thief who has spent 20 of the past 23 years in state prison, surrendered Friday night without firing a shot. The arrest capped the state's largest manhunt after a frantic day that included troopers firing at Phillips as he hid in woods.

Federal prosecutor Terrance Flynn said he did not know when Phillips would be transferred to Chemung County, near the Pennsylvania line, where the state trooper was wounded on June 10.

State officials also expect to charge Phillips in the shootings, one fatal, of two troopers in Chautauqua County on Aug. 31. Authorities said he ambushed the two troopers as they staked out the home of Phillips' former girlfriend.