Accused JPSO deputy shooter enters plea in federal court

Accused JPSO deputy shooter enters plea in federal court

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The man who authorities say shot a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy during a drug bust faced a federal judge to answer to his charges.

Jarvis Hardy appeared in federal court Friday morning in a red jumpsuit and handcuffs.

With his defense attorney by his side, Hardy entered a not guilty plea in the eight count federal indictment against him.

Hardy faces attempted murder, gun and drug charges in the shooting of Deputy Stephen Arnold last month. Investigators say Arnold was carrying out a drug raid at a home in the Lower 9th Ward as part of a federal drug task force.

Hardy is accused of opening fire through a bedroom door, hitting Arnold several times. Arnold remains hospitalized.

Federal prosecutors say the officers identified themselves upon entry. Hardy maintains he thought he was being robbed.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Knowles set a pretrial conference for March 10 at 11 a.m. with a trial date tentatively set for April 4.

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