Accused NY cop killer pleads not guilty to murder charge

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Suspected Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty In NYPD Officer's Death

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The man accused of killing a New York City police officer in October pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges on Tuesday in state court in Manhattan.

Tyrone Howard, 31, is charged with firing a single shot into the head of Officer Randolph Holder on Oct. 20 in the city's East Harlem neighborhood.

"Not guilty," Howard said when asked how he pleaded to an 11-count indictment, as Holder's family and approximately 70 police officers watched from the courtroom gallery.

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Police salute outside Harlem Hospital Center as the body of New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder passes by in an ambulance, early Wednesday, Oc. 21, 2015, in New York. Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle Tuesday while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
A photo, date not known, provided by the New York Police Department shows police Officer Randolph Holder, who police said died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York following a report of shots fired. (New York Police Department via AP)
This 2014 photo provided by the New York Department of Corrections shows Tyrone Howard who is in police custody as the suspect in the killing of New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder, who was shot dead Tuesday night, Oct. 21, 2015 during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem. Howard, in police custody Wednesday, had been arrested 20 times for offenses ranging from drug possession to robbery, had been sentenced to state prison twice since 2007 on separate drug possession and sale convictions, state records show. (New York Department of Corrections via AP)
Police officers stand near the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Police officers, including one with a metal detector, work at the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A police officers stands near the scene of a fatal police shooting in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Officer Randolph Holder, responding to a report of shots fired, was killed during a gunfight and chase involving a stolen bicycle. A suspect in his slaying is in custody, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A candle with the image of St. Judas is places at a makeshift memorial to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder who was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem, outside of Holder's station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in the city in the last 11 months. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A police officer says a silent prayer at the makeshift memorial to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder outside the police station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A woman delivers flowers and fellow officers hang mourning bunting to honor New York City Police Department Officer Randolph Holder who was shot dead Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire in East Harlem, outside of Holder's station in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Holder, 33, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in the city in the last 11 months. (AP Photo/David Martin)
Tyrone Howard appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard, who's accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night, was arrested Wednesday on robbery and murder charges. (Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool)
Tyrone Howard appears in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard, who's accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Officer Randolph Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night, was arrested Wednesday on robbery and murder charges. (Jefferson Siegel/The Daily News via AP, Pool)
Tyrone Howard is escorted by police officers out of the 25th precinct Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Howard is expected to be charged with fatally shooting New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder during a gunfight Tuesday night on a pedestrian bridge leading to the East River after stealing a bike. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Candles burn at a memorial for New York City police officer Randolph Holder near the scene of his shooting near 120th street near the FDR drive Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. Tyrone Howard is expected to be charged with fatally shooting of Holder during a gunfight Tuesday night on a pedestrian bridge leading to the East River after stealing a bike. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Police officers investigate along FDR Drive at East 120 Street on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York where a New York City police officer was fatally shot. Officer Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
Police investigate following the fatal shooting of a police officer, early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. The officer, Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired. The shooting happened in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks while Police Commissioner William Bratton, head above lectern, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, left, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill listen early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. A New York City police officer, Randolph Holder, 33, died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired Tuesday, police said. "He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months," Bratton said during a news conference at Harlem Hospital where Holder was pronounced dead Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton speaks while Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, left, and NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill listen early Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in New York. A New York City police officer died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired Tuesday, police said. "He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months," Bratton said during a news conference at Harlem Hospital where Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was pronounced dead Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
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A police officer cries after laying flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Port Authority and New York City police officers lay flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: An NYPD police officer puts up a reward poster for fellow officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center October 21, 2014 in the in East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A poster bearing pictures of NYPD officer Randolph Holder is shown at a vigil outside Police Service Area #5 October 21, 2014 in the in East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: People walk past a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A girl prays at a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Harlem Community leader Martin Baez visits a makeshift memorial for police officer Randolph Holder outside Police Service Area 5 on October 21, 2015 in New York City. The 33-year-old NYPD officer was killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive in East Harlem. Randolph was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: An NYPD officer lights a candle at a vigil for fellow officer Randolph Holder outside Police Service Area #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A member of the Guardian Angels attend a vigil for NYPD officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: A group of young boys light candles at a vigil for NYPD officer Randolph Holder outside the Wagner Houses community center #5 October 21, 2014 in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Holder, 33, was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect fleeing police on a pedestrian overpass over the FDR Drive Tuesday night. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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The arraignment came two weeks after Howard was sentenced to the maximum 12 years in prison in a separate drug case for which he initially received treatment, rather than prison, as part of a plea agreement for selling crack cocaine.

The outcome of that case drew criticism from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton in the wake of Holder's shooting. They suggested that two state judges erred in allowing Howard to remain on the streets after a history of drug offenses.

The Manhattan judge who ultimately approved Howard's plea deal, Patricia Nunez, handed down the maximum penalty on Nov. 12 in the drug dealing case, saying Howard had squandered a chance to turn his life around.

However, Nunez also had harsh words for de Blasio and Bratton, saying they had created a "false narrative" by ignoring that Howard had never been convicted of a violent crime and that he was already out on bail at the time of his plea.

She said the mayor should ask himself whether his own policies "make somebody actually feel he can shoot a cop," prompting de Blasio to fire back that her comments were "irresponsible."

Howard, who failed to complete his treatment, was wanted in connection with a gang-related shooting at the time of Holder's death.

Holder, 33, a third-generation officer, was the fourth New York City officer to be killed in the line of duty since December 2014.

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A police officer cries after laying flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Arrested in a 19-person drug-gang sweep, Tyrone Howard was one of only two who got sent to a drug-court treatment program instead of prison, with a judge reasoning that doing time hadnât helped the addicted Howard before. Eight months later, after skipping court dates and becoming a suspect in a September shooting, Howard killed Holder, who was chasing him this week, police said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Port Authority and New York City police officers lay flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Arrested in a 19-person drug-gang sweep, Tyrone Howard was one of only two who got sent to a drug-court treatment program instead of prison, with a judge reasoning that doing time hadnât helped the addicted Howard before. Eight months later, after skipping court dates and becoming a suspect in a September shooting, Howard killed Holder, who was chasing him this week, police said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A police officer pauses before laying flowers in memory of Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Flowers placed by Port Authority and New York City police officers and others pay tribute to Officer Randolph Holder at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Tyrone Howard is charged with first-degree murder and robbery, accused of stealing a bike and fatally shooting Holder in the head after a chase Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York police officers arrive for the wake of fellow officer Randolph Holder at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The suspect was caught several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Randolph Holder, Sr., center, father of slain New York Police Officer Randolph Holder, arrives with family and friends for his wake at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The suspect was caught several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Family and friends of New York Police Officer Randolph Holder arrive for his wake at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The suspect was caught several blocks away with a gunshot wound to his leg. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
New York Police officers attend the funeral procession for Officer Randolph Holder in Georgetown, Guyana, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Holder was killed in New York city on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)
New York Police officers await the arrival of Officer Randolph Holder's casket for his funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in New York. Holder was killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Police pall bearers carry the casket of Officer Randolph Holder into a church for his funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in New York. Holder was killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Hundreds of New York police officers gather in the street outside a church for the funeral of Officer Randolph Holder, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in New York. Holder was killed on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
New York Police pall bearers carry the casket of Officer Randolph Holder into a church for his funeral service in Georgetown, Guyana, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Holder was killed in New York city on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)
New York Police pall bearers move the casket of Officer Randolph Holder into a church for his funeral service in Georgetown, Guyana, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Holder was killed in New York city on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)
New York City Police Department officer Randolph Holder's coffin is carried from his funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
Former members of the Guyana police force pay tribute to New York City Police Department officer Randolph Holder's family during his funeral service, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
The Rev. Leslie Mullings leads the mourners in prayer during the funeral service for New York City Police Department officer Randolph Holder, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in the Queens borough of New York. Holder was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 20 while pursuing a suspect in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
An unidentified aunt of slain New York Police officer Randolph Holder grieves over his body during his funeral service at a church in Georgetown, Guyana, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Holder was killed in New York city on Oct. 20 while responding to a report of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint in Manhattan's East Harlem neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adrian Narine)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: The casket bearing the remains of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder is taken out of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York October 28, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. Holder, 33, was gunned down while chasing a suspect in East Harlem last week, the fourth officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in New York City in the last 10 months. Tyrone Howard was taken into custody a few blocks away and has been charged with murder and robbery. Holder will be buried in Guyana. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: A painting of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, 33, is viewed at his funeral at Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York on October 28, 2015 in the Queens borough of New York City. Holder, 33, was gunned down while chasing a suspect in East Harlem last week, the fourth officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in New York City in the last 10 months. Tyrone Howard was taken into custody a few blocks away and has been charged with murder and robbery. Holder will be buried in Guyana. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: The family of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder grieves as his coffin is taken out of a Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York on October 28, 2015 in the Queens borough of in New York City. Holder, 33, was gunned down while chasing a suspect in East Harlem last week, the fourth officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in New York City in the last 10 months. Tyrone Howard was taken into custody a few blocks away and has been charged with murder and robbery. Holder will be buried in Guyana. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Police officers and others stand at attention as the hearse carrying the casket bearing the remains of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder drives away from a Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York on October 28, 2015 in the Queens borough of in New York City. Holder, 33, was gunned down while chasing a suspect in East Harlem last week, the fourth officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in New York City in the last 10 months. Tyrone Howard was taken into custody a few blocks away and has been charged with murder and robbery. Holder will be buried in Guyana. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Police officers stand at attention as the hearse carrying the casket bearing the remains of slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder drives away from a Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York on October 28, 2015 in the Queens borough of in New York City. Holder, 33, was gunned down while chasing a suspect in East Harlem last week, the fourth officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty in New York City in the last 10 months. Tyrone Howard was taken into custody a few blocks away and has been charged with murder and robbery. Holder will be buried in Guyana. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A memorial honoring slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder is attached to a fence of the Wagner housing project in New York, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, across the FDR Drive from where a search earlier in the morning ended with the discovery of the gun police believe was used to kill him. A gun was found in the Harlem River during a round-the-clock investigation, following the killing of Holder on Oct. 20. Police said that around 3 a.m. divers recovered a gun from the river "consistent" with the weapon used to kill Holder during a foot chase. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
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Patrick Lynch, head of the city's largest police union, said officers would pack the courtroom whenever Howard appears. He called Howard an "animal," "miscreant" and "clown."

"We will be back here each and every time this mutt shows up in court," he said following the hearing, standing beside Holder's father, Randolph Sr.

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