Alleged attempted robbers at Milwaukee Aldi plead not guilty

CREATED Feb. 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Two men accused of trying to rob a local grocery store, only to be caught in the crossfire of a customer, pleaded not guilty in a Milwaukee County Courtroom.

Dierre Cotton appeared in court in a wheelchair, still injured from gunshots during an alleged attempted armed robbery at the Aldi at North 76th Street and West Fond du Lac Avenue.

Police said his accomplice was Edyon Hibbler, who also appeared in court.

Authorities say Cotton went into the crowded store last month with a gun, and demanded money.

On his way out, a customer named Nazier Al-Mujaahid fired his gun, stopping the robbery.

Al-Mujaahid received his concealed carry permit two weeks prior and the district attorney announced he acted within his legal rights, although the moment still haunts him.

"I think of having to draw my weapon. I think of the cashier. I think of the robber getting agitated waving his gun around," said Al-Mujaahid.

Cotton and Hibbler have court dates set for February 29th.