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Suspect accused in fatal Skyline shooting pleads not guilty

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 27-year-old parolee accused of fatally shooting a man in Skyline as the two talked near the defendant's car in broad daylight pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.

Ronnie Bonaparte's bail was set at $1 million in the murder case, but he being held without bail for allegedy violating parole.

Deputy District Attorney Allison Worden told Judge David Szumowski that the defendant and 24-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez were seen talking near the trunk of the defendant's red Cadillac about 2 p.m. Monday before shots rang out.

Witnesses saw the victim go down and the defendant get into the passenger side of his car and flee, the prosecutor said. Gonzalez died at a hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest.

When Worden told the judge that Bonaparte left the victim in the street to die, supporters of Gonzalez yelled out "murderer," "coward" and several obscenities before being ushered out of the courtroom by sheriff's deputies.

Worden said Bonaparte was apprehended two days after the shooting at a motel on El Cajon Boulevard as he was trying to escape out a third-story window.

She said investigators are looking into a possible motive for the shooting. Police said they are still working to identify a man who was with Bonaparte when the shooting took place.

The defendant, who has a 2002 conviction for robbery, faces up to 80 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a gun, the prosecutor said.

A bail review/status conference was set for June 15 and a preliminary hearing for June 23.

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