Game Warden Pleads Not Guilty

August 9, 2007

The Game Warden who shot and killed a teen who he says was trying to run him over has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Robert Ham entered the plea Tuesday in Greene County Circuit Court. He is accused of the January 24th shooting of 16-year-old Allen Cochran.

Officials say that Ham and a deputy sheriff were responding to a report that Cochran had abducted his girlfriend when they stopped his car on U.S. 33.

Authorities say that when they tried to remove the girl from the car, Cochran accelerated the car, striking the game warden who then shot Cochran. Ham has requested a jury trial and faces up to 10 years in prison. No trial date has been set yet.

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