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$5 million bond set for ex-con charged in fatal shooting

CLEVELAND (AP) — Bond has been set at $5 million for an ex-con charged in the Cleveland death of a 5-year-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in a vehicle with her mother.

Geoffrey Gurkovich appeared Thursday in Municipal Court on an aggravated murder charge. An attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and the judge sent the case to felony court.

The 32-year-old Cleveland man is accused of killing Jermani Brooks, who was shot Sunday. Her mother was wounded and hospitalized in fair condition.

Police allege Gurkovich intended to shoot a man who got into an argument with his girlfriend. They say Jermani apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Relatives planned a vigil Thursday, on what would have been Jermani's sixth birthday.

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