Fallen officer remembered in Myrtle Beach

MB Officer Joseph "Joe" McGarry was shot and killed on duty on Dec. 29, 2002

On Monday, friends and family of a Myrtle Beach police officer killed in the line of duty gathered to remember him for a 6th annual memorial service at the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Monday marked six years since Officer Joe McGarry was shot and killed by Luzenski Cottrell.

McGarry was questioning Cottrell in a Dunkin Doughnuts on Hwy. 17 in Myrtle Beach when Cottrell pulled out a gun and shot him.

"If he had to die, that's the way he would have wanted to die," his mother Anita McGarry said at the service Monday night.

Cottrell was convicted in the Spring of 2005 and sentenced to death, but that conviction was overturned by the S.C. Supreme Court. The state's high court said the judge in the case made a mistake in not allowing the jury to consider voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge that doesn't carry the death penalty.

Cottrell, however, was convicted of yet another murder in Marion County and sentenced to life in prison. But state prosecutors say they will retry Cottrell for the murder of McGarry in the coming months.

For his mother, having to revisit that trial is almost too much.

"Everybody knows he's truly evil, a sociopath, and it's just ridiculous, totally ridiculous."

To hear more of McGarry's story, click on the video icon above.