Accused Capital Gazette shooter pleads not guilty

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jul 29, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The man accused of killing five Capital Gazette workers in Annapolis pleaded not guilty on Monday after his initial court appearance was canceled. 

Prosecutors accuse Jarrod Ramos of walking into a local Annapolis newspaper with a gun, shooting and killing five journalists.

Documents show that in addition to pleading not guilty, Ramos and his attorney requested a speedy trial by a jury. An initial appearance in Ramos’ case was taken off the docket on Monday because his public defender, Bill Davis, who filed motions for discovery and a speedy trial, negating the need for the appearance.

Police arrested Ramos, who had a grudge against the paper, after the shooting on June 28,  He is accused of blasting his way into the newsroom and opening fire. Last week, he was indicted on 23 counts in connection with the shooting, including five counts of first-degree murder. Ramos has been held without bond since the shooting.

The next step is a status conference ordered by the judge to occur in the next 30 days. At the conference, they will discuss trial date and dates for motion hearings.