Ex-Con Pleads Not Guilty in Long Beach Killing

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LONG BEACH (CNS) - An ex-con pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other counts stemming from a man's shooting death in Long Beach less than a week before Christmas.

Seth Gomes, 33, was charged Jan. 11 with one count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Gomes was arrested Jan. 9 by Long Beach police near the 3800 block of Long Beach Boulevard in connection with the Dec. 20 death of Kevin Magana.

The 30-year-old victim died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to records from the coroner's office.

Police said officers were dispatched at about 5:15 a.m. Dec. 20 to the area of Atlantic Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard to assist the Long Beach Fire Department involving an injured person.

Officers found Magana off the roadway near the intersection of 49th Street and Del Amo Boulevard, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive for the killing was not known.

Gomes remains behind bars, according to jail records.

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