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Man accused of killing Milwaukee officer pleads not guilty (UPDATE)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a Milwaukee police officer who was serving a search warrant for drugs and weapons has pleaded not guilty.

Jordan Fricke entered the pleas to three charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, on Thursday in a Milwaukee County courtroom packed with law-enforcement officers. The court appearance comes a day after thousands of people honored the slain Officer Matthew Rittner during a funeral nearby in Oak Creek.

The 26-year-old Fricke is accused of shooting Rittner as the officer’s police unit executed a warrant for suspected illegal guns and drugs at a Milwaukee duplex last week.

Fricke waived his right to a preliminary hearing, which was set to determine probable cause. He has been jailed on $1 million bond. A trial was scheduled for July 8.

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