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Police marksman pleads not guilty to 2005 murder of Azelle Rodney

A former police marksman pleaded not guilty at Southwark Crown Court yesterday to the murder of robbery suspect Azelle Rodney in April 2005.

Mr Rodney was shot six times after the car in which he was travelling with two other men was brought to a forced stop by police in Edgware, north London.

Defendant Anthony Long was a specialist firearms officer with the Metropolitan Police when the alleged offence took place.

The shooting was the subject of a public inquiry chaired by Sir Christopher Holland that concluded in 2013 that Mr Rodney had been unlawfully killed.

Mr Long stood in the dock and spoke only to deny the charge.

Mr Justice Sweeney, presiding, released the defendant on unconditional bail until his trial which is scheduled to commence on June 8 at the same court.

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