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Man accused of killing 17-year-old girl pleads not guilty

October 7, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in Ohio.

Trendell Goodwin also pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of felonious assault and improper discharge of a weapon. The 28-year-old Dayton man’s bond was set at $1 million.

Court records say LaShonda Childs and her boyfriend were in a parked car Oct. 2 when Goodwin fired into the vehicle, striking Childs. The girl’s boyfriend drove her to a hospital, where she died the next morning.

Police haven’t commented on a motive. Police say Childs called 911 prior the shooting to report an alleged violation of a protective order.

Online court records don’t show an attorney for Goodwin. Calls Sunday to the public defender’s office in Dayton weren’t answered.

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