Judge denies bond for man accused of killing 2 Westerville police officers

Quentin Smith appears in court (WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The suspect in the fatal shooting of two Westerville police officers is being held without bail as the potential death penalty case proceeds.

Thirty-year-old Quentin Smith is charged with aggravated murder in the Feb. 10 shootings of officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. They were responding to a 911 hang-up call at Smith's home.

Prosecutors requested that the court deny bail for Smith, characterizing him as a danger to the community.

A public defender represented Smith during his initial appearance Tuesday in Franklin County Municipal Court and didn't object to him being jailed without bail.

Investigators say Smith was wounded when he exchanged gunfire with police. In court, he had one hand bandaged and the other arm hidden beneath his jail uniform.

At least two dozen officers filled the courtroom in a show of solidarity. The Fraternal Order of Police said a death sentence is the only acceptable outcome.

"It was an all out gun battle, our officers fought for their lives," Brian Toth, with the Fraternal Order of Police said. "It's a shame that our officers died and our suspect, that monster, did not."

A grand jury will now hear evidence in the case and decide whether to file formal charges of aggravated murder.

The man accused of buying the gun for Smith, Gerald Lawson, will face a federal judge Wednesday.