Longmont Man Pleads Not Guilty to Firing Shots Outside Downtown Bar
A Longmont man accused of firing a gun at a bar downtown in September pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Wednesday in Boulder County District Court.
Miguel Nava, 28, faces charges of illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of felony menacing, disorderly conduct and prohibited use of a weapon.
Nava is scheduled for a jury trial June 10.
According to an arrest affidavit, Longmont police were called to a downtown bar just before 2 a.m. Sept. 8 for reports of a shooting in progress.
No one was injured, police said, and people were running in all directions. Officers saw Nava, who matched the description of the suspect, walking away with his girlfriend, Candice Marrufo, who is also charged in the case.
While Marrufo first lied about her name, according to the affidavit, she later told police that she was at the bar with Nava when an unknown man pulled out a gun and fired shots into the air.
Police found a handgun magazine in Nava’s back pocket, according to the affidavit, and a K-9 found a .45-caliber handgun wrapped in a sweatshirt that Marrufo was seen wearing in security footage nearby on the sidewalk. Two .45-caliber shell casings were found in front of the bar.
Two witnesses later identified Nava as the shooter.
Marrufo is scheduled for an arraignment on Feb. 15.
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