2006_12_nicolepaultrie.jpgTonight, Nicole Paultre, the fiancee of Sean Bell who was killed by police fire two weeks ago, will appear on Larry King Live with the Reverend Al Sharpton. Paultre has only spoken publicly once before, during the Egypt & Ashy radio show. CNN is accepting questions from people that are emailed to the show.

Questions continue to be raised about the investigation. The police identified Jean Nelson as the "fourth man" seen near Bell's car; police believed that Bell, his friend or the fourth man had a gun, which lead to 50 shots in less than a minute being directed at Bell's car. But Nelson's lawyer says that Nelson was wearing a black jacket - not the beige jacket cited by witness accounts - and added, "Neither [Nelson] nor any other eyewitnesses to the shooting were close enough to the car to be considered the fourth man to be seen running away."

Many critics are joining the call for a special prosecutor to handle the case, given that the DA's office and police work together frequently, but Queens DA Richard Brown has insisted his office can do the job and that "'calls for a special prosecutor 'are neither helpful nor productive - nor are they in any respect justified.'" But the case will be very complicated. From the NY Times:

This official said that some of the five officers who fired shots probably faced greater potential criminal liability than others. Although the number of shots fired has provoked outrage, 50 shots can be squeezed off in a matter of seconds, making the number of bullets fired less important than what started the shooting.

“There is nothing in the law that says you can use deadly force but only fire a certain number of shots,” that official said. “The number of bullets is certainly startling to the general public, but the key question is why was the first shot fired by each of them.

“You can’t view this as monolithic,” the official said. “It’s five individuals who made five individual decisions.

“The most important thing is the first shot,” he said, “not that the others aren’t important. But the most important is the first shot.”

Newsday reports

that none of the undercover officers "were wearing their departmental raid jackets when they drew their guns."

Photograph of Nicole Paultre taken on November 26, 2006 outside her home by Seth Wenig/AP