COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction.
Lincoln Rutledge is accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant. The 54-year-old officer was shot April 10 while standing in the turret of a SWAT vehicle. He died two days later.
The 44-year-old Rutledge is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. He entered his not guilty plea Friday in Franklin County court and was ordered held without bond.
Ohio law includes killing a police officer as a factor that can lead to capital punishment.
Messages were left for the public defenders representing Rutledge.