LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A parolee suspected of shooting a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant and pumping four more bullets into his body as he lay on the ground has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
The district attorney’s office said Tuesday that Trenton Lovell is due back in court Feb. 15 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. He is being held without bail.
The 27-year-old is accused in the Oct. 5 killing of Sgt. Steve Owen in Lancaster.
The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer in the performance of his duties and murder for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest. Prosecutors will determine later whether to seek the death penalty.
Owen was a decorated 29-year veteran.
Thousands of mourners attended Owen’s funeral procession in October.
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