LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty on Monday in the stabbing death of a gas station clerk in Maywood.
25-year-old Kevin Steve Gomez is accused of stabbing Nelly Baez to death on June 24, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.READ MORE: Reporter’s Notebook: Suzanne Marques At The White House To Interview First Lady Jill Biden
Gomez allegedly lunged at the 26-year-old clerk shortly after entering the ARCO gas station in the 4700 block of Slauson Avenue and stabbed her several times around 5:30 a.m. He is also accused of stabbing another employee who tried to intervene and stop the attack.
Gomez, who authorities have described as a transient, has remained behind bars since his arrest in lieu of $2.03 million bail.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Man Robs Bus Rider Of Backpack At Gunpoint
He faces a potential life sentence in prison if convicted of one count each of murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Gomez is due in court again on August 21 when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine if there will be a trial.
A GoFundMe for Baez’s family has raised more than $7,700 as of Monday evening.MORE NEWS: How Does The Coronavirus Mutate? It's Just A Series Of Mistakes
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