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Man accused in officer’s death pleads not guilty

July 2, 2019 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of driving drunk and killing a Milwaukee police officer has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

Dante James waived his preliminary hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday and was bound over for trial. The 34-year-old defendant is charged in the crash that killed Officer Kou Her on June 18. The 27-year-old officer was on his way home from his shift at the District 4 police station when he was struck at an intersection.

According to charges, James drank shots and beer before he got behind the wheel and blew through a red light.

James is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit-and-run involving death and operating while revoked causing death.