The death penalty trial of George Hitcho Jr., who shot and killed Freemansburg Police Officer Robert Lasso, was voted by 69 News viewers as the 7th top story of 2012 in the Lehigh Valley.

Hitcho was found guilty of first degree murder, for killing Lasso in cold blood.

It was on Aug. 11, 2011 when the Freemansburg police officer was dispatched to Hitcho's Washington Street home to investigate a routine disturbance call.

What happened next was anything but routine.

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