UPDATED: Phoenix P.D.'s Killer Cop to be Arraigned This Morning -- This Time for Murder

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Charged with assault and currently free on bail, the Phoenix police officer who fatally shot an unarmed domestic violence suspect -- and his dog -- will be in court this morning to be arraigned on new charges.

Officer Richard Chrisman will be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, animal cruelty, and assault stemming from the shooting death of Danny Rodriguez earlier this month.

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Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley said at a press conference last week that the officer will not be re-arrested and will likely remain free on bail -- something attorney Michael Manning, who represents the family of the victim, asked Romley to reconsider.

At the same press conference, Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris said there's a chance Chrisman will be fired from the department even before his case is resolved. Harris said he would be meeting with Chrisman to give him a chance to explain why he should keep his job. No word on whether that meeting has taken place yet.

Chrisman is on the Brady List (a list of cops known to be dishonest) for an unrelated incident where he planted a crack pipe on a homeless woman to "mess with her."

Check back to Valley Fever later for updates. In the meantime, enjoy the video of Chrisman planting evidence below.

UPDATE 9:04 a.m.: Chrisman pled not guilty to all charges. He's due back in court December 6.

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