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Not guilty plea from murder suspect shot by officers in Point Loma

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A suspected killer who was wounded by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force as they tried to arrest him pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges.

Joseph Anthony Hill -- who has six prior felony convictions -- was ordered held on $2 million bail in connection with the Dec. 29 fatal shooting of 47-year-old Sean O'Toole at a home in Linda Vista.

Deputy District Attorney Joe McLaughlin said the defendant went to the residence in the 2200 block of Drescher Street and got into a confrontation with O'Toole.

The victim asked the defendant, "Are you going to shoot me?", and Hill pulled out a gun and shot O'Toole, the prosecutor alleged. The victim died of a gunshot wound to the upper body about 90 minutes after the 5 p.m. shooting.

About 8:30 a.m. the following day, U.S. Marshals task force members saw Hill leaving a home in the 1600 block of Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma and approached him to make an arrest.

Hill, 44, got into his vehicle and attempted to drive away, prompting several officers to open fire, wounding the defendant.

Officers found a loaded 9 mm handgun next to Hill's vehicle, McLaughlin said.

Hill is charged with murder and the use of a weapon causing death. He faces up to 85 years to life in state prison if convicted, according to McLaughlin.

A status conference was set for Jan. 15 and a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 22.


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