Man pleads not guilty in beating death of relative

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Updated: 12/06/2013 8:06 pm

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the beating death of an elderly relative who was discovered bleeding in a Glendale apartment last month.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/195JRPj ) the death marked the first homicide in Glendale since 2009.

James Sanchez was arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Authorities say a family member found 84-year-old Ruben Sanchez severely beaten in his apartment on Nov. 18. He later died at a hospital.

Family members say James Sanchez was not a blood relative of the deceased.

The newspaper says a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

 

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