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April trial date set in shooting of Phoenix police officer Tyler Moldovan

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Posted at 7:22 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 09:22:31-05

PHOENIX — A trial date next April has been set for a man charged with attempted murder and other crimes in a Dec. 14 shooting that left a Phoenix police officer critically wounded.

A judge on Thursday entered not guilty pleas for Essa Williams and set several court dates, leading up to an April 28 trial date.

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Mugshot of Essa Williams

Williams was arrested at an apartment complex where Officer Tyler Moldovan was shot as police searched for a man seen running from a car that reportedly had been driven erratically.

Williams remains jailed and was not present in court Thursday.

Police say Moldovan remains in extremely critical condition.

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Phoenix Police Department Officer Tyler Moldovan