The man accused of gunning down Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer entered a plea of not guilty Monday to first-degree murder and more than 50 counts of other felonies tied to the crime.
Some two dozen uniformed CPD officers and Superintendent Eddie Johnson marched through the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in the morning, trailing 44-year-old Shomari Legghette as he was shuttled between two courtrooms.
Johnson huddled with Assistant Cook County State's Attorney John Maher -- the lead prosecutor on the case -- between hearings, and joined the columns of officers standing in the aisle of the tiny courtroom gallery during Legghette's arraignment before Judge Erica Reddick.
At Maher's request, Reddick entered a "decorum" order, barring parties to the case from releasing potential evidence or commenting on the case. The order, essentially gagging lawyers from speaking to the press or sharing evidence, was opposed by Legghette's court-appointed attorneys.
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