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Suspect In Shooting Death Of Newark Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty

William C. Johnson (credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

William C. Johnson (credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bail remains at $1.5 million  for a 19-year-old man charged in a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark police officer.

Rasul McNeill-Thomas appeared in court Tuesday. He faces first-degree murder charges in the death of Officer William Johnson.

The 16-year police veteran was waiting for his order at a neighborhood pizza place when he was shot. Two other people were wounded.

McNeill-Thomas also is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, carjacking conspiracy and weapons offenses.

His public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Police believe a second suspect was the shooter. No one else has been arrested.

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