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.