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Suspect In IMPD Officer's Death Pleads Not Guilty

Last updated on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The man accused of killing Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn was taken into Marion Superior Court 2 today in a wheelchair and handcuffs.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Grant Hawkins entered the preliminary not-guilty plea for Major Davis Jr., who has been charged with murder.

The 25-year-old was discharged from the hospital Friday after recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered during the the July 5 gun battle with Renn and another officer.

Investigators say Davis used a high-powered rifle that penetrated Renn's protective vest.

Davis' family stood in a circle and prayed just before the hearing began.

Wearing a red jail uniform Tuesday, Davis was wheeled into court by jail deputies.

Judge Hawkins asked Davis if he had read and understood the charges that have been filed against him in the shooting death of Metro Officer Perry Renn. Davis replied, "no," so the judge granted a recess to give Davis and his attorney a chance to read the affidavit.

Once the hearing was back in session, Judge Hawkins asked Davis if he understood everything that was going on around him. Davis replied, "yes."

Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson read aloud the charges filed against Davis, and the judge explained Davis' rights to him as a defendant for both his hearing and the upcoming trial.

The judge entered a not-guilty plea on Davis' behalf and set a pre-trial hearing for September 3, 2014, at 1:30 pm.

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