Hospital shooting accused pleads not guilty to all charges
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Hospital shooting accused pleads not guilty to all charges

A man accused of attempted murder after firing a police officer's weapon while under guard at Canberra Hospital pleaded not guilty on Friday to a series of driving charges that led up to the incident.

James William Shearer, 26, has already pleaded not guilty to the allegations of attempted murder that arose from the July 18 incident.

He was in police custody in the hospital's emergency department after he allegedly crashed a stolen car on Yamba Drive, causing serious injury to two people.

It's alleged that while in the hospital, Mr Shearer took a police officer's Glock pistol and fired it several times.

Through his Legal Aid lawyer on Friday, Mr Shearer pleaded not guilty to six fresh charges.

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These included three charges of attempted robbery of cars, two counts of culpable driving while under the influence of drugs and one possess cannabis.

He had earlier pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

He has also pleaded not guilty to an assault, discharge firearm endanger life, attempt escape custody, as well as driving unlicenced, driving a car without consent and attempted robbery.

Two earlier charges of culpable driving were withdrawn.

The pleas of not guitly apply to all 14 charges against him.

The case returns to court on September 27.

It is expected to be committed to the ACT Supreme Court at a later date.