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Man pleads not guilty to murder in shooting of fellow gang member

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A young man accused of fatally shooting a member of his own gang in Lincoln Park pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other charges.

Aron Franklin, 20, was ordered held on $1 million bail in connection with the slaying of 20-year-old Julius Batiste.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Reizen alleged that Franklin walked up to the victim in broad daylight on Jan. 3 and shot him four times in the head.

Police found Batiste lying in a walkway at an apartment complex in the 200 block of 50th Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reizen said the shooting -- witnessed by six to eight people -- happened because Batiste did not follow orders from his gang.

Detectives identified Franklin, a probationer, as the alleged shooter, and he was arrested on an unrelated warrant at a home in the Mountain View area on Jan. 5.

The defendant was re-booked on suspicion of murder last Thursday. He also faces two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

Judge David Szumowski scheduled a preliminary hearing for Jan. 29. Franklin faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Reizen.

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