CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A man who was arrested while driving the vehicle of a Cleveland police officer hours after his murder faced a judge Wednesday.
Anthony Butler, Jr., 28, was arrested by Richmond Heights police after Officer Shane Bartek was killed on New Year’s Eve.
Investigators say Bartek was shot to death by Tamara McLoyd, 18, in a carjacking.
McLoyd is accused of then giving Bartek’s car to Butler Jr.
Richmond Heights police arrested Butler Jr. after a chase.
Butler Jr. faces multiple charges connected to the case, including fleeing and eluding, receiving stolen property, failure to comply and obstruction of official business.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf Wednesday.
While the hearing was expected to be procedural, Butler looked over at the news crews in the courtroom.
“I had nothing to do with the officer being killed,” he said as his attorney tried to cover the microphone.
“Please stop posting it in the media,” Butler said.
Butler is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Prosecutors had argued Butler’s bond should be higher, saying that his having possession of the stolen vehicle showed he contributed to the death of Officer Bartek.
Prosecutors say Butler stole another car a week before Bartek’s murder.
He has a pretrial hearing set for Jan. 25.
McLoyd has entered a not guilty plea on a charge of aggravated murder.