LANCASTER – A 24-year-old Lancaster man accused of using a hunting bow and arrow to kill a man who tried to intervene in a boyfriend-girlfriend argument has pleaded not guilty.
Garrett Taylor Adams pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count of murder in connection with the death of Charles Briggs, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. The complaint includes an allegation that Adams used a compound bow in the killing.
A preliminary hearing was set for April 6 at Antelope Valley courthouse to determine if there is enough evidence to require Adams to stand trial, according to Santiago.
The alleged bow and arrow killing occurred around 3:27 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, outside a home in the 43000 block of 27th Street West in Lancaster.
Sheriff’s detectives said Adams was arguing with his girlfriend at the residence, when his brother and Briggs arrived and tried to intervene.
The dispute spilled outside onto the sidewalk, detectives said, and then Adams allegedly armed himself with a hunting bow and arrow and shot Briggs in the upper torso.
Briggs was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Adams has remained in custody on $1 million bail since his Aug. 23 arrest. If convicted as charged, Adams faces 26 years to life in state prison.
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