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Chicago-area July 4 parade attack suspect pleads not guilty

This photo provided by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force shows Robert Crimo, III. Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of First Degree Murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, July 6, 2022. (Lake County Major Crime Task Force via AP)
This photo provided by the Lake County Major Crime Task Force shows Robert Crimo, III. Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of First Degree Murder in the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, July 6, 2022. (Lake County Major Crime Task Force via AP)

The man accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago pleads not guilty, a week after prosecutors announced he faces 117 felony counts in the attack.

Robert E. Crimo III appears for a brief hearing in Lake County’s circuit court to enter a formal plea to the charges — 21 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery representing those killed and wounded during the parade in Highland Park.

Crimo wears a COVID-19 face mask throughout the 10-minute arraignment and repeatedly tells Judge Victoria Rossetti that he understands the charges and potential penalties he faces, including life imprisonment.

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