Suspect in murder of Cleveland detective pleads not guilty


CLEVELAND (WJW)– The man accused of killing Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz appeared in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning.

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David McDaniel, 19, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment and his bond was set at $1 million.

Skernivitz, 53, and Scott Dingess, 50, were in the officer’s car in a parking lot near West 65th Street in Cleveland when they were killed on Sept. 3. Prosecutors said McDaniel and two juveniles fired multiple shots into the vehicle, then fled.

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Two other adults are also charged in the case. Prosecutors said they lied to law enforcement and helped get ride of the murder weapons.


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