Suspect pleads not guilty to Chicago police officer’s death

CHICAGO (AP) — The suspect in the downtown Chicago shooting death of a local police commander has pleaded not guilty to a 56-count indictment.

Shomari Legghette wore an orange jail jumpsuit and hand shackles Monday when he appeared before a Cook County judge. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended the hearing with other uniformed officers.

A grand jury indicted the 44-year-old Legghette on first-degree murder and other charges Friday in the Feb. 13 killing of Commander Paul Bauer.

Judge Erica Reddick granted a request from prosecutors prohibiting the release of audio, video, reports or other potential evidence. Legghette’s attorneys objected.

Prosecutors say Bauer was downtown when he started chasing a man who fled officers attempting to question him. They say Legghette pulled out a gun during a brief struggle and shot Bauer several times.

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