NJ man pleads not guilty in police officer's death

June 7, 2011 - 11:59 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Bail remains at $1.5 million for the 19-year-old charged in a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Newark police officer.

Rasul McNeill-Thomas appeared in court Tuesday. His public defender entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to charges of murder, aggravated assault, carjacking and weapons offenses.

Officer William Johnson was waiting for a slice of pizza when he was shot. Two others were wounded in the May 26 shooting.

Police believe a second suspect was the shooter. Authorities say McNeill-Thomas and the other suspect stole the car used during the shooting.

No one else has been arrested.