East Chicago councilman pleads not guilty to murder charge

An East Chicago councilman who's running unopposed in the upcoming election has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Forty-two-year-old Robert Battle entered the plea Tuesday in Lake County court. He is accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Reimundo Camarillo Jr. of East Chicago. Court records show Camarillo was shot once in the back Oct. 12 in East Chicago and pronounced dead at the scene.

The (Munster) Time reports defense attorney John Cantrell filed a motion for bail in the case. Battle is being held without bail in the Lake County jail.

In a separate case Battle is charged with intent to distribute marijuana stemming from his arrest Sept. 23 after police found more than 73 grams of the drug and $100,700 in cash during a traffic stop.

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