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Strong show of support for RPD Officer Wright during suspect arraignment

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Keith Williams was in court on Friday, November 8, 2019 to be arraigned on new charges in the stabbing of Rochester Police Officer Denny Wright. Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder in the second degree, aggravated assault of a police officer and assault in the first degree. (Photo: Pool camera via Spectrum News)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The courtroom for Judge Alex Renzi was packed with Rochester Police officers Friday morning as the man accused of repeatedly stabbing a Rochester Police officer was arraigned.

Keith Williams, 28, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder in the second degree, aggravated assault of a police officer and assault in the first degree.

Dozens of officers filed into the courtroom to support Officer Denny Wright, who was severely injured in the October 4 attack. Wright punched in the face several times before being stabbed with an eight-inch knife in the left eye, face and lower body when he responded to a domestic incident at a home on Peck Street.

Three weeks after the attack, Wright was released from a rehabilitation facility at the Unity Hospital campus and escorted home.

In court on Friday, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley confirmed Wright lost vision in both of his eyes. She added that doctors are hopeful he will regain sight in one eye.

"This was extremely brutal. I'm sure that when this case does go to trial, part of the body-worn camera from Officer Dennison Wright will be played as evidence. Then I think the whole community will be able to experience how brutal it was."

Doorley is prosecuting the case against Williams.

"We have very legitimate reason to believe that not only was very mentally ill, and that was the cause of what happened, but we are concerned about his ability to understand the proceedings even now," said defense attorney Jean Caputo.

Williams is expected to be back in court on December 4 for a mental competency hearing. A trial date has been tentatively set for April 6, 2020.

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