Alleged Shooter Faces Court, Cops

By Matt Porter

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 25 uniformed police officers stood shoulder to shoulder in the Tompkins County Courthouse hallways for the arraignment of Jamel Booker.

Booker, 22, stood accused of shooting Ithaca Police Officer Anthony Augustine last month on Oct. 11.

Despite passing dozens of armed officers in the court hallway, Booker smiled as he took his seat in court.

Ithaca Police Lieutenant Vincent Monticello said he and his officers were there for their fellow officer.

"We're here to support Officer Augustine and if you assault one of our officers," he said, "We're going to show that support as we did today."

Augustine was there with his wife and looked healthy. He had no visible bandages and hardly flinched as he stared at his alleged attacker.

Booker faces eight counts, including Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Assault Against a Police Officer or Peace Officer, Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, Criminal Use of a Firearm in the First Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

He pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The judge also increased Booker's bail from $500,000 cash to $1 million, and moved up the bond from $1 million to $2 million.

Monticello said the bail decision was very appropriate.

"This person should not have been out on the streets to begin with," he said. "He's been through the system several times on serious matters, so the high bail is good."

Booker's girlfriend Kimberly J. Harden, 35, was also in court.

She is facing two charges: Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree and Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree.

She pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

Booker's attorney, Kristine Shaw, brought up the police presence at the courthouse. She said in court that she plans to file a motion for a change in venue.

The next step in the process is for all motions like a change in venue to be filed. The judge set the filing date for January 14, 2013.

No future hearings have been scheduled.

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