Woman arrested in officer’s death enters not guilty plea

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A woman charged with the murder of a Cleveland police officer faced a judge Thursday.

Tamara McLoyd, 18, is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Officer Shane Bartek, who was killed in a carjacking on New Year’s Eve.

McLoyd is also charged in multiple crimes investigators say she committed before the officer was killed.

Tamara McLoyd

McLoyd and another woman, Jada Hite, 18, were indicted on multiple charges Wednesday connected to a string of armed robberies that prosecutors say took place on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4.

Prosecutors say McLoyd was on probation out of Lorain County at the time of the robberies.

Prosecutors say Hite, McLoyd and an unidentified male held employees at gunpoint in a robbery at Happy’s Pizza on Nov. 2.

McLoyd is also accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in Cleveland Heights after the Happy’s Pizza incident that same night.

McLoyd had an initial appearance on the new charges, including 2 counts of felonious assault,  4 counts of aggravated robbery, 2 counts of kidnapping, 1 count improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and 1 count of having weapons under disability.

McLoyd was already being held on a $5 million bond in the death of Officer Bartek.

Police say McLoyd shot Bartek during a struggle when she was stealing his car.

The judge Thursday upheld the $5 million bond.

A not guilty plea was entered on her behalf.

The judge issued a $500,000 bond for the other case.

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