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2 men plead not guilty to fatally shooting a Marine

On Nov. 30, two California men pleaded not guilty to charges related to the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Marine. The 26-year-old and 28-year-old defendants are accused of shooting the Marine while he was driving in South Los Angeles on Sept. 16. According to the criminal complaint, the Marine was speaking with the defendants before the 26-year-old defendant shot him with a handgun.

The 26-year-old defendant was held on $4.2 million bail, and he could face a maximum sentence of life in state prison if he is convicted. The 28-year-old defendant could be locked up for as long as 50 years if he is convicted. .

Los Angeles police took the defendants into custody on Nov. 10, almost two months after the shooting incident. One week after the man was found shot in the driver's seat of his car, the Los Angeles City Council offered a $50,000 reward to anyone with information about the incident that could lead to an arrest. Police did not say whether the defendants were identified because of the reward. The 26-year-old defendant is facing an additional charge for dissuading a witness using force or threat.

people who have been charged for a violent crime several months after the incident occurred may argue that they were misidentified. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help those who are in this situation to argue that the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence linking them to the incident. If eyewitness testimony is being used, an attorney may argue that too much time has passed since the incident happened for the testimony to be credible.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Alleged Gang Members Plead Not Guilty in Marine's Killing," City News Service, Nov. 30, 2016

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