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Man Charged In California Officer's Slaying Appears In Court

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(AP) - A man suspected of killing a California police officer after fatally shooting his cousin has made his first formal court appearance.

Michael Christopher Mejia appeared in court Monday but didn't enter a plea to murder and other charges.

Nearly twenty officers packed into the courtroom Monday afternoon. Mejia's arraignment was postponed and he will appear in court again next month.

Prosecutors say the 26-year-old gang member shot and killed his cousin in East Los Angeles on Feb. 20, took his car and later crashed it into two other vehicles in Whittier. When police arrived, prosecutors say Mejia pulled a gun and shot at officers.

Whittier Officer Keith Boyer was killed. Officer Patrick Hazell was wounded.

Prosecutors have not yet said if they will pursue the death penalty.