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Suspect to be arraigned on charges in Ohio cop's slaying

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Columbus, Ohio, shows Lincoln Rutledge. Rutledge, a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, June 10, 2016, on charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction. Forty-four-year-old Rutledge was indicted earlier this week on charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. Rutledge is accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Columbus, Ohio, shows Lincoln Rutledge. Rutledge, a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, June 10, 2016, on charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction. Forty-four-year-old Rutledge was indicted earlier this week on charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. Rutledge is accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Columbus Division of Police shows police SWAT officer Steven M. Smith. A suspect in the fatal shooting of the Ohio police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction. Forty-four-year-old Lincoln Rutledge was indicted earlier this week on charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. His arraignment is set for Friday, June 10, 2016. Rutledge is accused of shooting Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant. (Columbus Division of Police via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Columbus Division of Police shows police SWAT officer Steven M. Smith. A suspect in the fatal shooting of the Ohio police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction. Forty-four-year-old Lincoln Rutledge was indicted earlier this week on charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. His arraignment is set for Friday, June 10, 2016. Rutledge is accused of shooting Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant. (Columbus Division of Police via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A suspect in the fatal shooting of an Ohio police officer is scheduled to be arraigned on charges that could carry the death penalty upon conviction.

Forty-four-year-old Lincoln Rutledge was indicted earlier this week on charges including aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and aggravated arson. His arraignment is set for Friday.

Rutledge is accused of shooting Columbus SWAT officer Steven Smith in the head while officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant.

The 54-year-old Smith was shot April 10 while standing in the turret of a SWAT vehicle. He died two days later.

Ohio law includes killing a police officer as a factor that can lead to capital punishment.

Public defenders who have been representing Rutledge haven't responded to messages seeking comment on the indictment.