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Murder of rookie cop Troy Barboza by Crips gang associate probed on Detective

Detective traces the murder of rookie cop Troy Barboza, who was found dead in his home

This week’s episode of Detective on Investigation Discovery traces the murder of rookie cop Troy Barboza by a man believed to be an associate of the LA-based Crips gang.

The episode, called Murder in Paradise, shines a spotlight on the fascinating story behind the case, which centered around revenge and greed.

Barboza, 24, was killed with a shotgun at his home in Oahu, Hawaii, in October 1986 by a San Diego man who he was set to testify against in a case related to drugs.

Tony Williams, also 24, was convicted after an eight-day trial in July 1987 and later sentenced to life without parole.

Barboza had bought cocaine from Williams while posing undercover. He was shot while Williams — and another San Diego man with whom he was allegedly friends with in high school, Alexander M. McAllister, 25 — were out on bail.

McAllister got 20 years in prison on a drug charge and later testified against Williams at the trial over the murder of Barboza.

Police said evidence suggested Williams was an associate of members of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang.

Police in San Diego and Honolulu reportedly cooperated in Williams’ case. Williams is currently incarcerated in a state facility in New Mexico, according to the My Life of Crime blog.

Detective airs Fridays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

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