Suspect interrupts Cuyahoga County judge, turns to 19 News camera: ‘I had nothing to do with that officer being killed’
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The man who was found in a vehicle stolen from the Cleveland police officer who was killed during a New Year’s Eve carjacking was in court on Wednesday morning.
At his arraignment, the Cuyahoga County judge continued the $100,000 bond for 28-year-old Anthony Butler Jr. He’s charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, obstructing official business, and receiving stolen property.
Butler is not charged with murdering Shane Bartek. Eighteen-year-old Tamara McLoyd is the suspect accused of fatally shooting the the off-duty officer.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Butler interrupted the judge to claim his innocence as his bond and next court date information was read.
“I had nothing to do with that officer being killed,” Butler said while looking at the 19 News reporter and camera crew.
Investigators said Bartek was shot and killed during the Dec. 31 carjacking on Cleveland’s West side.
Hours after the incident, Butler was seen by police driving Bartek’s stolen vehicle.
A high-speed chase with multiple Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies ended when the car crashed into a fence at a Euclid apartment complex.
Officers from the Richmond Heights Police Department took Butler into custody at the crash scene following the chase.
According to the prosecutor, Butler stolen another vehicle in an unrelated carjacking about a week before Bartek’s murder.
Bartek’s funeral was held last week.
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