RICHMOND, Ohio (WDTN) — Phillip Matthew Lee, the man who allegedly shot Officer Seara Burton while conducting a traffic stop, is now facing another count on the charge of attempted murder.
An initial hearing for the suspect of the Richmond police officer shooting took place on Friday over video call. Lee was live from his hospital bed. He coughed a bit, but spoke clearly, appearing to be recovering from his injuries after the shooting.
New information from police leads them to believe that Officer Seara Burton was not the only officer shot at on August 10, according to our affiliate WXIN.
Lee allegedly narrowly missed the first officer, hit Officer Seara Burton in the head and then fired at the third officer as he was running away.
In court on Friday, Lee chose to stay with his court appointed attorney Andrew Maternowski, saying he is unemployed and has no money to hire an attorney.
Maternowski was also present through video call.
The judge said that the $1.5 million bail is appropriate, and it will remain at that number.
The court also entered in a formal plea of not guilty, but said Lee or his attorney could change that in the coming days.
In addition to three counts of attempted murder, Lee is also charged with having a handgun as a violent felon, and possession of meth, cocaine and a narcotic drug.
The preliminary hearing is set for October 3, and the trial is set for November 1.