- Associated Press - Monday, February 4, 2019

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A teenager charged with capital murder in the shooting of a police officer in Mobile, Alabama, has pleaded not guilty.

News outlets report 19-year-old Marco Perez entered the plea during a hearing Monday.

A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 12.

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Perez is charged in the death of Mobile police officer Sean Tuder, who was killed in the line of duty last month. Authorities have said the 30-year-old Tuder was shot to death during a struggle with Perez.

Defense attorneys say Perez was made to wear handcuffs engraved with Tuder’s name. They’ve asked a judge to keep that from happening again.

Prosecutors say it was Mobile jail officials who made the decision to use the engraved handcuffs, not prosecutors.

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