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Officers, first responders pack courthouse in support of officer Denny Wright

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Keith Williams accused of stabbing RPD officer Denny Wright multiple times

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The man accused of repeatedly stabbing a Rochester police officer returned to court Friday.

Keith Williams, 28 of Rochester, pleaded not guilty. He’s charged with attempted aggravated murder and aggravated assault in connection to the attack on RPD officer Denny Wright on Peck Street in early October.

Williams is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court on December 4.

Before Williams’ court appearance, first responders and fellow officers gathered in masses in a show of support of their colleague.

Wright suffered “severe injuries” in the attack and underwent surgery at Rochester General Hospital.

After being transferred to a rehabilitation center for further treatment, Wright was released from the medical center on October 25.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says officer Wright has no sight in either eye, and the body camera footage from the Peck Street incident is extremely hard to watch.

“That’s why I’m standing here today. I will fight for Officer Wright in that courtroom. It was brutal. No one ever should be subject to an attack like that in my opinion,” says Doorley.

“Mr. Williams is a young man with a well documented history of mental illness,” says Jean Caputo, Williams’ Legal Council. “We’re concerned about Mr. Williams’ ability to understand the proceedings even now.”

Either way, they’re hoping Wright heals. “It’s the sincerest wish of my client and the client’s family that Officer Wright recover as fully as possible,” says Caputo.

Prior to the October 4 incident, Williams was well known to police officers in the Rochester area. He has been in and out of custody and the courts numerous times this year.

Williams is being held without bail and will be back in court on December 4th. 

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