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Suspect in Officer’s Killing Denies Guilt

One suspect accused in the Oct. 31 ambush killing of Los Angeles Police Detective Thomas Williams of Canoga Park pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Van Nuys Municipal Court Commissioner Patricia Schwartz set a preliminary hearing Nov. 20 for Duane Moody, 27.

Three other suspects are scheduled to enter pleas next Friday in Van Nuys Municipal Court. They are Daniel S. Jenkins, 30; Ruben A. (Tony) Moss, 24, and Voltaire Williams, 22. All four are being held without bail.

Williams, 42, was shot down as he was picking up his 5-year-old son, Ryan, from Faith Baptist Church and Schools of Canoga Park, where the boy is a first-grader. The boy escaped injury when his father, spotting the gunman, yelled at him to duck.

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Hours before the shooting, Williams had testified against Jenkins in a San Fernando Superior Court in a robbery case involving the October, 1984, holdup of a theater manager.


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