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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to fatal shooting in his car

April 5, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former vice squad officer in Ohio has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of fatally shooting a woman sitting in his unmarked police vehicle.

The officer is being held without bond after appearing in a Columbus court room Friday.

Columbus police say officer Andrew Mitchell shot and killed a 23-year-old woman in 2018 after she stabbed him in the hand during an undercover prostitution investigation.

A grand jury on Thursday charged Mitchell with murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Mitchell’s attorney says the burden on prosecutors is to prove Mitchell wasn’t acting in self-defense and that there’s no dispute that he was stabbed first.

Mitchell is also facing federal charges on allegations he forced women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. He has pleaded not guilty.