- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A man says he’s not guilty of firing a gun at Birmingham Mayor William Bell and his security detail.

Deandre Major entered the plea during a court hearing on Tuesday. The 24-year-old man pleaded innocent to charges of attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Authorities say Major fired shots near the mayor’s sport-utility vehicle late on Nov. 30, 2012.

No one was hurt, and police officers who protect the mayor exchanged shots with the gunman before arresting Major.

Defense lawyer Shelia Weil tells WBRC-TV (https://bit.ly/1aZBQP0 ) two other people were in the car with Major that night, and neither was charged.

Major was released from prison just days before the shooting. His record includes a guilty plea to robbery, burglary and marijuana charges.

Major’s trial is set for May.

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