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Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Killing LAPD Officer in Hit-And-Run

May 08, 2014  | 

The 20-year-old man charged with murder in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Los Angeles police officer and injured another pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Wednesday, reports the L.A. Times.

Mynor Enrique Varela, 20, of Harbor City, entered the Long Beach courtroom in a wheelchair, apparently suffering from a leg injury his attorney said he sustained several months ago.

Prosecutors charged Varela earlier Wednesday with murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and leaving the scene of an accident. He faces two additional felony counts of assault on a peace officer, and a special circumstance of second-degree murder of a peace officer.

Varela was arrested Tuesday after detectives determined he was driving the Chevrolet Tahoe that broadsided an LAPD patrol car driven by Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32.

Varela was ordered back in court June 11.

Tags: LAPD, Hit-and-Run, Murder Prosecutions, Police Vehicle Accidents, Assaults on Officers


Comments (3)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/8/2014 5:03 PM

Read the story link, this guy is crazy. He was following the Officer as he pursued another vehicle. He was driving with a leg injury prior to the crash and he should never have been driving his car at all. The suspect here sounds like he has mental issues and he was purposely targeted the officers car and then rammed it. This case was not an accident but an act of personal vengeance.

Greg @ 5/9/2014 4:49 AM

Illegal alien?

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/9/2014 5:20 PM

Not funny

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