By Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 20-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the slaying of a veteran firefighter who crashed his truck after being shot in Cleveland last May.

The death of 58-year-old Theodore Wright initially was believed to an accident after he crashed his truck into a pole. Later it was determined that he’d been shot in the left arm before the crash. The gunshot caused internal injuries and his death.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that Slatter Howell III pleaded not guilty Friday and is being held with a $1 million bond. Other charges include aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Court documents accuse Howell of trying to rob Wright before shooting him.

Howell was sentenced to five years in prison last fall on unrelated charges.

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