Tedric Sanders pleads not guilty to charges in Innovative Optique case

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- 20-year-old Tedric Sanders pleaded not guilty on Thursday, September 4th to changes of felony murder and felony bail jumping.

Sanders is the man police say tried to rob Innovative Optique in Fox Point in early August. That robbery ended in a shooting and one man dead — Sanders' alleged accomplice.

Sanders is charged even though police say he wasn’t the one to fire the gun. Police say an employee at the store exchanged gunfire with 22-year-old Joshua Drake — and Drake later died at the scene.

Under Wisconsin law, those involved in felonies can be charged if someone dies while the crime is being committed.

Sanders has a lengthy criminal history. In fact, at the time of the attempted armed robbery and shooting, police say Sanders was supposed to be in court for a charge related to a high-speed chase.