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Jordan Fricke pleads not guilty for killing Officer Matthew Rittner

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Updated: 11:51 a.m. February 14, 2019

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The man accused of killing Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner appeared in court Thursday morning, the day after Officer Rittner was laid to rest. 

Dozens of police officers showed up for the hearing. 

Jordan Fricke waived his preliminary hearing in court Thursday morning and then was quickly moved to another courtroom to be arraigned in front of a judge. 

An attorney said the reason they did it this way, which isn't typical, was to expedite the process because the attorneys have busy schedules. Dozens of Milwaukee Police Officers were in court this morning to support their fallen colleague. 

On February 6, nine Milwaukee Tactical Officers were serving a search warrant at Fricke's home for the illegal sale of guns and drugs. That's when authorities say Fricke shot through the door. Officer Rittner was hit in the chest and died. 

Fricke is facing a long list of charges. 

The trial will begin on July 8th. Fricke is being held on $1 million cash bond. 

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Posted: 6:16 a.m. February 14, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The defendant accused of fatally shooting a Milwaukee police officer who was serving a search warrant for drugs and weapons is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

The Milwaukee County court appearance for Jordan Fricke Thursday comes just a day after thousands said good-bye to Office Matthew Rittner in a funeral service in suburban Oak Creek.

The 26-year-old Fricke is accused of shooting Rittner as his police unit executed a warrant for suspected illegal guns and drugs at a Milwaukee duplex last week. Fricke is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and maintaining a drug trafficking place. He has been jailed on $1 million bond.

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