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All 5 Ex-Police Officers Charged in Death of Tyre Nichols Plead Not Guilty: Lawyers

© AP Photo / Gerald HerbertFamily members and supporters hold a photograph of Tyre Nichols at a news conference in Memphis
Family members and supporters hold a photograph of Tyre Nichols at a news conference in Memphis - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.02.2023
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - All five of the former Memphis Police Department officers charged with murder and other crimes for the death of Tyre Nichols last month are pleading not guilty to the charges against them, their lawyers said during an arraignment hearing Friday.
The five former officers pleaded not guilty to crimes including second-degree murder, aggravated assault and official misconduct for allegedly beating and killing Nichols, a 29-year old black man, following a traffic stop. All five officers charged in Nichols’ death are also black.
Tennessee's Memphis Police Department releases footage capturing the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols at the hand of five Memphis officers, all of whom were dismissed from the department and charged with second-degree murder among other offenses. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.02.2023
Report: Memphis Police Officer Took Picture of Tyre Nichols & Texted Image to At Least Five People
Judge James Jones said the case may take a significant amount of time due to the voluminous amount of discovery. Jones urged patience from all parties involved, adding he would not allow any behavior that jeopardized the defendants’ right to a fair trial.
The next court date in the case is set for May 1, Jones also said.
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