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A man accused in a car-to-car shooting in Valencia Park that left another man dead and narrowly missed the victim’s 6-month-old child pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Aaron Griffin, 29, was ordered held on $2 million bail.

Griffin was arrested in Las Vegas last September in connection with the death of 23-year-old San Diego resident Jamar Johnson on the afternoon of May 27, 2016, said San Diego police Lt. Manny Del Toro.

Griffin fought extradition but was returned to San Diego Tuesday to face charges, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Eacret. The defendant faces life in prison if convicted.

Officers sent to the intersection of Market Street and Euclid Avenue found Johnson with fatal bullet wounds to his upper body. A car seat in which his child was riding was struck by the gunfire, but the baby was not injured, Del Toro said.

A status conference was set for Jan. 18 and a preliminary hearing for Jan. 25.

–City News Service

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