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Chicago officer pleads not guilty to murder charges

Chicago officer pleads not guilty to murder charges

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Jason Van Dyke faces six counts of first-degree murder and one of official misconduct in the 17-year-old's death. The officer appeared in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan in Cook County Criminal Court wearing a dark suit and blue striped tie. The next hearing is set for Jan. 29.

Van Dyke's defense attorney, Dan Herbert, said his client is "hanging in there" and wants to tell his side of the story so that he's not seen "as this cold-blooded killer." Herbert also said that they haven't ruled out...

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