Teen accused in Dixon High School shooting pleads not guilty

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DIXON, Ill. — The teen who was shot by a resource officer after opening fire inside Dixon High School on Wednesday has entered a not guilty plea.

Matthew Milby, 19, made a court appearance Friday on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He is accused of shooting at a school resource officer Wednesday morning with a semi-automatic rifle owned by his mother. The officer returned fire, officials said, shooting Milby. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was injured.

Milby has been held in Lee County Jail since Thursday on $2 million bail.

Defense attorney Thomas Murray asked for a bail reduction Friday, noting that Milby's criminal record to date only includes traffic and speeding violations. Lee County Judge Ronald Jacobson denied the request citing the nature of the charges.

Relatives sat in the front row Friday; one shouted "I love you" during Milby's arraignment. The family declined to speak with reporters after court.

Milby's next court date is May 23.

Dixon High School students returned to class Friday.

Milby appeared in court via video. He was articulate and polite to the judge.

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