- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - An ex-convict has pleaded not guilty in Cleveland in the death of a 5-year-old girl shot in the head while sitting in a car with her mother.

A judge continued the $5 million bond for 32-year-old Geoffrey Gurkovich of Cleveland at Wednesday’s court hearing.

Another hearing is scheduled for Monday on 18 counts including aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Gurkovich is accused of killing Jermani (JEHR’-muh-nee) Brooks last month in a shooting that also wounded her mother.

Police said the girl was not the intended target and allege Gurkovich intended to shoot a man who got into an argument with his girlfriend.

His attorney, Ralph DeFranco, said he would start the process of reviewing prosecution evidence and preparing for a trial.



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