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Shooting rampage suspect John Kalisz pleads not guilty in Dixie County

CROSS CITY — Triple murder suspect John Kalisz was present at his arraignment in a Dixie County courtroom Thursday while an attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf in the Jan. 14 slaying of sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed.

Kalisz is accused of killing Reed with one round from a handgun outside a Cross City gas station shortly after deputies stopped him in connection with a Brooksville shooting earlier that day. Killed in the first shooting were Kathryn Donovan, 61, and co-worker Deborah Tillotson, 59. Kalisz also critically injured his niece, Manessa Donovan, 18, and Amy Wilson, 33, an employee at Kathryn Donovan's home business, during the first shooting.

Kalisz, who was hospitalized after he was shot several times by Dixie County deputies, entered the courtroom shortly after 9 a.m. dressed in a red jail jumpsuit and surrounded by Hernando County deputies, who had transported him there.

A Dixie County grand jury last week indicted Kalisz on a charge of first-degree murder in Reed's slaying. Earlier this week in Hernando County, Kalisz' attorneys entered pleas of not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of Kathryn Donovan and Tillotson, and to two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Manessa Donovan and Wilson.

Kalisz remains in the Hernando County Jail.

Shooting rampage suspect John Kalisz pleads not guilty in Dixie County 03/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 6:22pm]
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