Suspect in July 4th parade attack at Highland Park pleads not guilty

WAUKEGAN, Illinois — The man accused of killing seven people and injuring dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in a suburb of Chicago pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, a week after prosecutors announced that he faces 117 felonies in the attack.

Robert E. Crimo III appeared Wednesday for a brief hearing in Lake County District Court to enter a formal plea for the prosecution — 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, the representing those killed and wounded in the parade at Highland Park.

Crimo wore a mask during the 10-minute indictment and repeatedly told Judge Victoria Rossetti that he understood the charges and possible penalties he was facing, including life imprisonment.

Robert E. Crimo III enters the courtroom during a hearing in the Lake County Courthouse on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, in Waukegan, Illinois. Nam Y Huh / Pool via AP

Lake County prosecutors announced in late July that a grand jury had indicted Crimo on the charges. Previously, prosecutors had brought seven murder charges against the 21-year-old in the days after the shooting.

The charges of multiple first-degree murder charge Crimo with intent to kill, causing death or serious injury and having a high likelihood of taking action to cause death or serious injury to the seven dead.

A representative from the county public defense attorney’s office, which represents Crimo, said the office does not publicly comment on any case. A lawyer for the office pleaded not guilty to Crimo during the court appearance.

Prosecutors said Crimo admitted to the shooting after police arrested him after an hours-long search for the gunman who opened fire from the roof of a building along the parade route.

Authorities said the wounded were between the ages of 8 and 80, including an 8-year-old boy who was paralyzed from the waist down when the shooting severed his spine.

In comments after the hearing, Lake County District Attorney Eric Rinehart declined to say whether Crimo could face additional charges and said he would not comment on whether Crimo’s parents could face charges. Some people have questioned why Crimo’s parents appeared to support his interest in guns just months after he reportedly threatened suicide and violence. Suspect in July 4th parade attack at Highland Park pleads not guilty

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