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Aug 12, 2014 9:12 AM by AP

Man accused in shooting of officer enters plea

A 30-year-old Jennings man accused of shooting a police officer in the neck has pleaded not guilty to charges in June 23 incident.

The American Press reports George Lawdins entered his plea Monday to charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer in the line of duty and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Lawdins is accused of shooting Sgt. Ricky Benoit after officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Lawdins was reportedly hiding in a bathroom closet and shot Benoit as he was searching the residence.

A Jan. 26 trial date has been set for Lawdins, who remains in the Jeff Davis Parish Jail on a $1 million bond.

Attorney Bill Riley stood for Lawdins' attorney Joslyn Alex who was unable to Monday's arraignment.


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