A 17-year-old and two men accused of shooting and killing a Downey police officer last year pleaded not guilty Friday to criminal charges.
Officer Ricardo Galvez, 29, was shot and killed in an attempted robbery Nov. 18 as he sat in his car outside department headquarters. Shortly after, police arrested Steven Knott, 18; Jeremy Anthony Alvarez, 21; and Abel Diaz, 17, in connection with his death.
Galvez had just returned from a police dog-training session a mile away -- he was not wearing his uniform and didn’t have his gun on him -- when he was killed. A Downey patrol officer pursued a Nissan leaving the parking lot north to Montebello.
The two men and 17-year-old admitted to trying to rob Galvez, authorities said.
Knott, Alvarez and Diaz will return to court Feb. 5. If convicted, Knott and Alvarez could face the death penalty if prosecutors decide later to seek it. Diaz, because of his age, faces up to life in state prison if he is convicted as charged.