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Fired Columbus Cop who murdered Andre Hill Bond Set At $3 Million

This undated photo provided by the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff's Department shows Adam Coy. The former Columbus Police officer was charged with murder Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in the latest fallout following the December shooting death of 47-year-old Andre Hill, a Black man, the state's attorney general said. (Franklin County Ohio Sheriff's Department via AP)

Fired Columbus Police officer Adam Coy has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the December killing of Andre Hill. His bond was set at $3 million.

Coy was arrested and indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on two counts of dereliction of duty, which are second-degree misdemeanors, and one count each of felonious assault and murder. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

With Coy appearing virtually via video feed, a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judge accepted Coy’s not-guilty plea and barred him from contacting witnesses or other police officers. She also added a $20,000 recognizance bond.

At Friday’s arraignment, lawyers for the Ohio attorney general asked for a high bond, even as Coy’s lawyers argued he was neither a flight risk nor a threat to public safety, since the incident was an on-duty use of force. The judge sided with the state.

“We don’t see this very often, admittedly, but it did happen and a man lost his life,” said special prosecutor Anthony Pierson of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Coy, who is white, fatally shot 47-year-old Andre Hill, who is Black, on Dec. 22. Coy and another officer, Amy Detweiller, were responding to an early-morning non-emergency call about a person turning on and off a vehicle, when they found Hill inside a garage. The homeowners later said Hill was dropping off Christmas money, and it’s not clear whether Hill was the man referenced by the original caller.

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