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HomeBreaking NewsOfficers, paramedics plead not guilty in connection with death of Elijah McClain

Officers, paramedics plead not guilty in connection with death of Elijah McClain

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Five Aurora, Colorado, first responders pleaded not guilty in an arraignment Friday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other counts, in the death of Elijah McClain.

McClain died in 2019 after being stopped by police, placed in a chokehold and injected with ketamine as a sedative.

The five defendants’ cases will be split into three separate proceedings, according to a Wednesday court order from Adams County District Court Judge Mark Douglas Warner.

Aurora police officers Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, former officer Jason Rosenblatt and paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec were indicted on a total of 32 counts related to McClain’s violent arrest and death in August 2019.

Cooper and Cichuniec, who injected the ketamine, will be tried together.

“The paramedics, Cichuniec and Cooper, generally assert that the actions of the law enforcement officers occurring prior to their arrival were factually unrelated to their actions implicated in their cases,” Warner wrote in the court order.

The Aurora Police Department released this body cam footage with the description “This is the Body Worn Camera footage from the August 24, 2019 contact with Elijah McClain.”

Aurora Police Department/Youtube

Rosenblatt and Roedema, who helped to restrain McClain, will also be tried together. Woodyard will be tried separately because he was first on the scene and allegedly placed McClain in the carotid hold, according to the court order.

“The Court well understands the legal theory

Five Aurora, Colorado, first responders pleaded not guilty in an arraignment Friday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among other counts, in the death of Elijah McClain. McClain died in 2019 after being stopped by police, placed in a chokehold and injected with ketamine as a sedative. Aurora police officers Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, former officer Jason Rosenblatt and paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec were indicted on a total of 32 counts related to McClain's violent arrest and death in August 2019.

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