Strip shooting suspect in court for sex assault case - FOX Carolina 21

Strip shooting suspect in court for sex assault case

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Ammar Harris, pictured in a booking photo in April 2013. (LVMPD) Ammar Harris, pictured in a booking photo in April 2013. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

The man accused of shooting at another vehicle and subsequently causing a deadly crash on the Las Vegas Strip appeared Monday in court for an unrelated sexual assault charge.

Ammar Harris, 27, was appeared in Clark County District Court Monday on three counts of felony sexual assault and robbery stemming from a 2010 incident.

In court, a judge said it was unlikely a change of venue would be required in the case despite Harris' attorney arguing about pretrial publicity.

Harris pleaded not guilty to the sex assault charges and was given a July 8 trial.

Harris has been in custody at Clark County Detention Center since April after being the subject of a manhunt in the Strip shooting and fiery crash that killed three people in February.

Las Vegas Metro police named him as the person behind the wheel of a Range Rover suspected of shooting at a Maserati driven by Kenneth Cherry Jr.

Police said Cherry was struck by bullets in the early morning shooting, causing him to accelerate into the intersection at Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. The Maserati then struck a taxi cab occupied by driver Michael Bolden and Sandra Sutton-Wasmund. Police said the two in the taxi died as a result of the fiery wreck.

The Clark County District Attorney's office indicted Harris in April on charges of murder as well as the 2010 sexual assault case.

The district attorney's office said it will pursue the death penalty for Harris in the Strip shooting case.

He faces trail in the case in September.

Copyright 2013 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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