Suspect in US Independence Day mass shooting pleads not guilty | Gun Violence News

Robert E Crimo III is charged with 117 counts related to the assault, together with 21 costs of first-degree homicide.

The person accused of killing seven folks and wounding dozens extra in a taking pictures in the USA throughout an Independence Day parade has pleaded not responsible

Robert E Crimo III appeared for a short listening to Wednesday in Lake County’s circuit court docket to enter a proper plea to the costs — 21 counts of first-degree homicide, 48 counts of tried homicide and 48 counts of aggravated battery representing these killed and wounded through the parade in Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago.

Crimo, 21, wore a COVID-19 face masks all through the 10-minute arraignment and repeatedly informed Decide Victoria Rossetti that he understood the costs and potential penalties he faces, together with life imprisonment.

The plea got here per week after Crimo was indicted by a grand jury on 117 felony counts for the assault. Lake County prosecutors had beforehand filed seven homicide costs in opposition to him within the days following the taking pictures.

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Robert E Crimo III’s mom Denise Pesina, left, and father Robert Crimo Jr, centre, attended the listening to on Wednesday [Nam Y Huh/ Pool via AP]

He has been held with out bail since he was arrested after the taking pictures. If convicted on the homicide costs, he would face a compulsory sentence of life in jail with out the potential for parole.

The bloodshed was a part of a latest flare-up of mass shootings in the USA, heightening a long-running debate between advocates of tighter controls over gun possession and people who oppose any restrictions on the constitutional proper of Individuals to bear arms.

Two of probably the most outstanding of these assaults befell at a college in Uvalde, Texas, the place a gunman shot and killed 19 youngsters and two lecturers, and at a grocery store in a predominately Black neighbourhood of Buffalo, New York, the place a taking pictures rampage left 10 folks useless.

The a number of first-degree homicide costs alleged Crimo supposed to kill, brought about demise or nice bodily hurt and took motion with a robust likelihood of inflicting demise or nice bodily hurt to the seven individuals who died.

A consultant for the county public defender’s workplace, which is representing Crimo, has stated the workplace doesn’t remark publicly on any circumstances. A lawyer with the workplace entered Crimo’s not responsible plea throughout Wednesday’s court docket look.

Prosecutors have stated Crimo admitted to the taking pictures as soon as police arrested him following an hourslong seek for the gunman who opened fireplace from the rooftop of a constructing alongside the parade route.

Authorities have stated the wounded vary in age from eight to their 80s, together with eight-year-old Cooper Roberts who was paralysed from the waist down when the taking pictures severed his backbone.

On Monday, Tony Loizzi a household spokesperson, stated after practically a month in intensive care, Cooper was transferred to a rehabilitation centre in Chicago and was capable of be reunited with their household canine.

In feedback delivered after the listening to, Lake County State’s Legal professional Eric Rinehart declined to say whether or not Crimo may face extra costs and stated he wouldn’t touch upon whether or not Crimo’s mother and father might be charged. Some folks have questioned why Crimo’s mother and father apparently supported his curiosity in weapons solely months after he reportedly threatened suicide and violence.

Prosecutors stated Crimo had deliberate the assault for weeks. On the morning of the parade, he climbed onto a rooftop alongside the parade route and fired greater than 70 rounds at spectators lining the road under, based on court docket paperwork. He then made his getaway wearing ladies’s clothes and make-up to cowl his facial tattoos.

A Smith & Wesson semiautomatic rifle, just like an AR-15, was discovered on the scene, and an analogous weapon was present in his automobile when he was arrested, based on prosecutors.

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