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Illinois man fights murder charges by pleading not guilty

After being arrested and charged for murder, an Illinois man has entered a not guilty plea in court. Murder charges were filed against the man after the death of a police officer in October 2016. The man entered his plea at a preliminary hearing on a recent Monday.

The judge overseeing the hearing determined there was probable cause to send the 34-year-old man to trial for the death of an officer who died in a car accident while he was in pursuit of the man in question. The man is currently being held in a county jail with bond set at $750,000. Charges against him include reckless homicide, first-degree murder and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

A spokesperson for the police department said vehicles involved in the chase reached speeds of more than 110 miles per hour. At some point during the pursuit, the officer's car apparently careened off the road and hit an embankment. The vehicle flipped over and the officer was not able to overcome the injuries he suffered upon impact in the crash.

Police officers say they suspect the defendant was driving without a valid operator's license at the time. His next court appointment is scheduled for January 2017. Facing murder charges against a police officer in Illinois (or anywhere) is obviously no small matter. Generally speaking, successful outcomes in such cases often hinge upon highly skilled and aggressive defense representation. Anyone facing such charges in need of guidance may contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in the area for help.

Source: bnd.com, "Chester man pleads not guilty in death of police officer", Jason M. Stoker, Dec. 5, 2016

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