- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - A man and woman accused in the fatal shooting of a Rio Rancho police officer during a traffic stop last month have pleaded not guilty.

Andrew Romero and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Tabitha Littles, entered their pleas Monday in a Sandoval County courtroom.

Romero and Littles were indicted last week in the May 25 death of Officer Gregg Benner.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Romero allegedly told Littles that he was going to shoot the officer before opening fire.

Police say Littles had a chance to tell Benner of her boyfriend’s plans prior to the shooting in a parking lot.

Prosecutors say Romero faces nine other counts in the case, including two of tampering with evidence.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Romero’s bond remains at $5 million with Littles’ bond at $1 million.

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