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Man pleads not guilty to murder in June shooting in Long Beach

A 26-year-old Latino has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the June 22 shooting death of Douglas Wilson in Long Beach. 

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Jorge Luis Cruz of Long Beach with murder June 26, four days after the 8:45 a.m. shooting in the 800 block of Chestnut Avenue.

On Aug. 1, Long Beach police pulled over a car in the 1300 block of Ohio Avenue. A passenger, whom officers recognized as Cruz, allegedly fled, according to a department news release, and officers tracked him down.

Cruz was arrested about 8:15 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $2 million, according to the release.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Aug. 18. 

The department is still investigating the case and hasn’t discussed a motive for the shooting. Anyone with information can call Dets. Hugo Cortes and Oscar Valenzuela at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

For the record: This article has been updated to correct the location of the shooting. 

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