Defendant Wade Edward Winn, right, appears before Judge Kevin T. Miles in the Clermont County Municipal Court in the shooting, involving two officers of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Monday, feb. 4, 2019, in Batavia, Ohio. Detective Bill Brewer died of gunshot wounds after transport to Anderson Hospital. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
CINCINNATI – A man who could face the death penalty if convicted, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he fatally shot an Ohio sheriff’s deputy and tried to kill people during a stand-off.
Wade Edward Winn, 23, was indicted this week on two points of aggravated murder and 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder in Clermont County, just east of Cincinnati. The prosecutors have said Winn faked killing himself during a 12-hour stand-off that began Feb. 2 in an apartment, then is shot to death by a wall to the delegates.
Clermont County deputy Bill Brewer died . Another agent was wounded in the leg
Asked for his plea during the Wednesday afternoon arrest, Winn replied: “Not guilty, your honor.” Common pleas Judge Anthony Brock ordered Winn held without bond and scheduled a feb. 28 pretrial conference.
Brock said that he would impose a gag order to limit pretrial publicity. He asked both sides to submit proposed wording of the command.
“Clearly, this is a very serious matter, and this is a thing that a lot of public interest,” Brock said. Says he wanted to maintain the confidentiality of all facts that can with questions about the court’s impartiality, Brock brought out a range of items, including that he had contributed $20 to a fund for the benefit of the slain deputy, family, and that he used to regularly played basketball with one of the deputies that was shot.
Earlier, he appointed Greg Meyers of the state public defender’s office to lead Winn the defense after Clermont County public defense cited potential conflicts of interest.
Winn spoke clearly as he answered the judge’s questions about his rights, the charges against him and the possible penalties. The judge read each count of the Tuesday indictment against him along with the death penalty specifications.
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