2 Enter Pleas In Murder Of 5-Year-Old Boy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two reputed Los Angeles gang members have pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering a 5-year-old boy who was shot as he posed for Halloween costume photos in his backyard.

Eighteen-year-old Marcus Denson and 21-year-old Leonard Hall also pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder. They could face life in prison if convicted. Both remain jailed on $4 million bail each.

Prosecutors allege the men entered rival gang territory and Hall opened fire on a South Los Angeles backyard on Oct. 31, shooting Aaron Shannon Jr. in the head as he posed in his Spider-Man costume. Two of his relatives were wounded.

Authorities say the men mistakenly thought rivals lived at the home.

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