The man accused of fatally shooting Algona Police Officer Kevin Cram has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges in a written plea submitted to Kossuth County Court.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Kyle Ricke of Algona is charged with the shooting death of Officer Cram, who was attempting to serve an arrest warrant for third degree harassment at approximately 8pm on September 13th.

After the incident, Ricke fled the scene and a four hour manhunt ensued, involving law enforcement from both Iowa and Minnesota.

Recent court records reveal that a pretrial conference has been set for November 14th, with a potential trial date of December 12th, barring any delays in the case.

If convicted, Ricke would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.