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Man accused of killing 1-year-old daughter in north Columbus shooting pleads not guilty

Judge James Schuck ordered William Roberts to be held without bond.

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio — The man accused of shooting and killing his 1-year-old daughter last month faced a judge for the first time Thursday.

William Roberts was arraigned in Delaware County Common Pleas court, shackled and handcuffed.

Court documents with the Delaware County Common Pleas website show William Roberts, 28, has been formally charged with murder.

The defense entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. 

On the evening of July 20, police said the shooting happened at a residence near Lazelle Road and Worthington Galena Road.

Police said Roberts shot a woman and their child inside the home before taking them outside and forcing them into a vehicle.

Roberts crashed the vehicle on Lazelle Road, got out of it and carjacked a vehicle, according to police.

Police said Roberts crashed the carjacked vehicle and tried running away, but was arrested by Franklin County deputies.

The shooting happened during what police are calling a domestic violence incident.

The child's mother was also shot but survived her injuries.

According to court records, because of Roberts’ criminal history, he should not have had a gun.

Judge James Schuck ordered Roberts to be held without bond.

The judge ordered Roberts to be held without bond. Roberts is due back in court on September 13.