Nathan LeForce was back inside the Logan County courthouse on Friday morning. The alleged, lone suspect in the shooting death of a Logan County deputy pleaded not guilty.
LeForce was in front of a judge for a trial court arraignment. He appeared with his attorney’s Gregg Graves and Peter Astor.
The state was represented by District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas and First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington.
District Judge Phillip Corley directed the Payne County Jail, where LeForce is being housed without bond, or any other agency that has records to release them to the LeForce’s attorneys.
LeForce is facing the death penalty in the shooting and killing of Deputy David Wade on April 18. Related: Logan County deputy shot and killed serving eviction notice; suspect in custody
The district attorney’s office, in a court document, stated, “The defendant (LeForce) by use of wanton and evil violence did walk towards Deputy David James Wade, engage him in conversation, and at close range did shoot Deputy Wade multiple times in the face, neck, and torso and continued to shoot him as he fell to the ground including shooting him in his back. The shots to the face and neck penetrated the body of Deputy Wade which resulted in a slow and agonizing death accompanied by extreme mental anguish, terror and suffering.”
In August, a judge ruled there was probable cause that LeForce committed the crime. Related: LeForce bound over for trial in killing of Deputy David Wade
He’s expected back to be in court on March 16, 2018 for a pretrial hearing.
The case was set for the jury trial docket on Oct. 1, 2018.
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