LANCASTER – A Lancaster man, who allegedly struck a dog with his car and then shot the animal’s owner after being asked to pay for the injured canine’s veterinary care, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge.
Demonte Antone Thomas, 28, is charged in the killing of 22-year-old Michael Davis.
The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, in the parking lot of the Sierra Villa Apartments on the 600 block of East Avenue H-14 in Lancaster.
Thomas allegedly struck Davis’ dog with a car, then pulled out a handgun and shot the young man upon being asked to pay for the vet bill, according to testimony presented at an Aug. 1 hearing in which Thomas was ordered to stand trial.
Thomas, who has been jailed in lieu of $3 million bail since his Jan. 3 arrest, is due back in a Lancaster courtroom Oct. 5 for a pretrial hearing.
He could face up to 40 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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