Man charged with killing McHenry County deputy pleads not guilty

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ROCKFORD, Ill. — The man charged with shooting and killing a McHenry County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Rockford.

Floyd Brown looked pretty stoic throughout his arraignment, that included a charge of first degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison or death. To all charges, he pleaded not guilty.

A few relatives of fallen Deputy Jacob Keltner, and many members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, packed the court proceeding, staring down the accused murderer.

In court, Brown was in a wheelchair due to injuries suffered while allegedly fleeing from authorities after the alleged murder at a motel in Rockford.

Keltner was part of a fugitive task force that was trying to serve a warrant.

Prosecutors say more charges are possible.

Keltner’s family has expressed interest in attending the trial of his accused killer, so they have requested that all proceedings take place in Rockford, and not Chicago.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Another status hearing is scheduled for May 14.


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