Alleged Cop Killer Arraigned Today

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 03:12 PM
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The Muskingum County Court house was completely locked down this morning as the man accused of killing local Sheriff’s deputy, Robert Tanner Junior, made his first appearance in front of a judge. 27-year-old Henry Hagar appeared before Judge Jeffrey Hooper and a packed courtroom with no attorney. Because it was an arraignment, no plea was entered in the case. A complaint was filed against Hagar for one count of aggravated murder. The allegations in the aggravated murder charge were that the victim was a law enforcement officer and he was engaged in his duties at the time of the murder. Attached to that, was one count with three specifications, or aggravating factors. Those three factors are the defendants specific intent was to kill a law officer, the second one was the defendant committed the murder to avoid detection, apprehension or punishment for previous offenses, and the third is a gun specification that has been added to the charge. Hagar was found with a forty-five caliber pistol in his possession. Judge Hooper ruled that Hagar is to be held in the Franklin County jail with no bond, because the specifications brought forth are so severe. The court is going to appoint Hagar an attorney and has set the preliminary hearing for Wednesday January 16th at 8:45am. After the arraignment today Hagar was immediately escorted by Guernsey County deputies, back to Columbus where he will remain until his next hearing. If convicted, Hagar could receive nothing less than life with parole after twenty years. The most severe sentence the alleged cop killer could face is the death penalty.

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