Sullivan pleas not guilty, demands trial in Bradley Police Murder Case 


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KANKAKEE – A man charged with shooting and killing Bradley Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and severely wounding Officer Tyler Bailey last December will plea not guilty and has demanded a trial in the case

Sullivan appeared before Kankakee County Circuit Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott Tuesday to enter the plea.  Kankakee County Chief Public Defender Ed Pentuic was assigned to the case in June after Sullivan’s former Counsel chose to withdraw from representing Sullivan.  Sullivan’s Counsel originally announced in January they would seek a plea of life in prison before withdrawing later that month.

Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26, both were charged with first-degree murder that killed 49-year-old Bradley police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and wounded her partner.  

Both were denied bail in January.

Both Officers had been responding to a December 29th disturbance call to the Comfort Inn Hotel due to a dog barking in a car of the parking lot.

Sullivan’s next court date is scheduled for September 27th at 9:30am before Judge Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott.


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