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Defendant pleads not guilty in 2012 murder

Posted: September 5, 2013 5:14 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2013 5:14 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Newhall man who was ordered to stand trial for murder in the stabbing death of another Newhall man in 2012 pleaded not guilty to the felony charge this week, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Cesar Navarro, 21, who was ordered in July to stand trial on one count of first-degree murder in the death of Franco Olea, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Wednesday for arraignment, said Shiara Dávila-Morales.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported Olea stepped outside his home on Dec. 2, 2012, in response to an apparent auto burglary and would up struggling with another man on his driveway before being stabbed.

He died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Navarro, who was arrested Jan. 23, remains in custody at the Pitchess Detention Center’s East Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 11.
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