Man Accused Of Killing Cmdr. Bauer Pleads Not Guilty

Nancy Harty
March 12, 2018 - 1:45 pm

Chicago Police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Nearly a month after Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was murdered, the man accused of killing him pleaded not guilty in court.

Through his public defenders, Shomari Legghette pleaded not guilty to 56 counts as he stood mostly expressionless wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands cuffed in front of him. 

Superintendent Eddie Johnson and about two dozen officers from Bauer's 18th District crowded into Judge Erica Reddick's small courtroom in the Leighton Criminal Courthouse to watch the arraignment.

Johnson briefly spoke after at a separate event about licensing gun dealers, saying the bill "won't bring back our loved ones or Commander Bauer, but it's the least we can do to show their families that we remember them and are fighting for their memories and legacies."

About Legghette, the superintendent said "I hope he that never, ever, ever sees the light of day."

Legghette, 44, didn't have a visible reaction to the crowded courtroom as he and his public defenders addressed the judge.

Defense attorneys objected to the prosecution's request to limit information in the case from being publicly disclosed, calling the decorum motion 'overly broad.'

Judge Reddick allowed it, but said she's open to amendments. 

Legghette, who has four convictions, is next due in court April 18.