Man pleads not guilty in Chandler officer's death

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Tempe man has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming the death of a Chandler police officer.

Authorities allege 31-year-old Brian Yazzie was intoxicated Oct. 31 when his vehicle rear-ended the police motorcycle of Officer David Payne, who was stopped at a red light.

Yazzie entered his plea Monday when arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Charges against Yazzie include second-degree murder, endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident involving a death or physical injury and multiple counts of aggravated driving while under the influence,

Some of the charges stem from the presence of a young child in Yazzie's vehicle.

Authorities have said Yazzie had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit.

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