Man pleads not guilty in fatal Avondale shooting - New York News

Man pleads not guilty in fatal Avondale shooting

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PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend last month.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 38-year-old Thomas Lamont Moton entered his plea Wednesday. His initial pretrial conference is set for July 25.

Moton is accused of shooting Takesha Barnes multiple times May 25 in the parking lot of Avondale's Westview High School. The 33-year-old Barnes had been attending a ceremony for her eighth-grade daughter. Barnes was declared dead at a Phoenix hospital.

Authorities say Moton remains jailed on a $2 million bond on suspicion of premeditated first-degree murder and various weapons charges.

Avondale police say Barnes had taken out an order of protection May 21 after repeated threats by Moton. They say Moton and Barnes had two children together and a history of domestic violence.

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