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An image of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer is shown during closing statements for Shomari Legghette at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Friday, March 13, 2020. Legghette was charged with first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Bauer. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Pool)

A Cook County jury on Friday convicted Shomari Legghette of gunning down Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer outside the Thompson Center, a shocking murder that marked the highest-ranking Chicago officer to be killed in the line of duty in decades.

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Shomari Legghette sits before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick on the first day of his murder trial on Tuesday, March 2, 2020. (Pool video)

In a surprise twist Thursday, Shomari Legghette’s defense attorney closed his case after questioning just one witness. Legghette was expected to testify that he shot Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer in self-defense.

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With the prosecution’s case concluded, the defense attorney for Shomari Legghette will begin calling witnesses Thursday morning. The case is expected to conclude by Friday.

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Shomari Legghette sits before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick on the first day of his murder trial on Tuesday, March 2, 2020. (Pool video)

The second week of testimony in the murder trial of Shomari Legghette was unexpectedly delayed Monday by an unknown issue “beyond the control of the court.”

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Shomari Legghette, center, appears before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick on Monday, March 12, 2018. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni). Inset: Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

Jury selection is underway in the trial of a 46-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Paul Bauer, a 31-year police veteran near the Thompson Center in 2018.

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Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

“If the Armslist Defendants had acted with reasonable care – instead of callous and willful disregard of human life – Commander Bauer would still be alive,” a federal complaint states.

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Jury selection in the trial of 46-year-old Shomari Legghette will begin Feb. 27, just over two years since Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot in a downtown stairwell.

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Shomari Legghette, center, appears before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick on Monday, March 12. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni). Inset: Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

Chicago magazine offers detailed portraits of slain police Cmdr. Paul Bauer and the man charged in the case with first-degree murder. We speak with the reporters behind the story.

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Shomari Legghette, center, appears before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Monday, March 12. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

Shomari Legghette, 44, pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder on Monday in front of more than a dozen Chicago police officers.

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Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

More criminal charges could be on the way for the four-time felon accused in the shooting death of Chicago Police Department Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

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Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

A Cook County judge has denied bond for Shomari Legghette, a four-time felon charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer this week.

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Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

Shomari Legghette, 44, was charged a day after the fatal shooting of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. He was allegedly wearing body armor and carrying a firearm containing an extended-round magazine.

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The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday continued mourning the loss of 53-year-old Commander Paul Bauer a day after he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday continued mourning the loss of 53-year-old Commander Paul Bauer a day after he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

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