CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- The man charged in the shooting death of a Cleveland Heights police officer faced a judge Wednesday in a bizarre arraignment.
27-year-old Timothy Halton, Jr. is charged with the aggravated murder of Cleveland Heights police officer Jason West.
He could get the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.
At his court appearance, he talked back to a pre-recorded televised explanation of why he was in court.
Then, without being asked for a plea, he yelled to the television set that he was guilty of self-defense.
After Judge Deane Buchanan entered the room, Halton yelled several profanity laced tirades at the judge, complaining that the court papers did not note "junior" at the end of his name.
He said he wasn't signing the papers even after the correction was made.
At first Halton said he couldn't afford an attorney, but then said he didn't want the court to provide one, because that attorney would probably keep him in jail.
The judge decided to hold Halton without bond.
Halton has another court appearance in Cleveland Heights scheduled next week, but his case is likely to be taken over by county prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Halton shot Officer West several times Friday night after the officer was called to the scene of a street brawl on Altamont.
Police say Officer West was blocking a driveway that Halton was trying to leave.
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