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A 22-year-old man who allegedly shot another man in an alley in the La Presa area south of Spring Valley pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and firearm-related allegations.

Carlos Deandre Davis of La Mesa faces 75 years to life in prison if convicted of the Thursday morning shooting of 27-year-old Santee resident Carlo Avila.

Deputies responded around 1:20 a.m. Thursday to a report of gunfire and found Avila with at least one gunshot wound in an alley near the intersection of Delrose Avenue and Elkelton Boulevard, according to sheriff’s officials.

Paramedics responded, but Avila was pronounced dead at the scene, Lt. Rich Williams said. Police did not disclose a suspected motive for the shooting, nor how Davis was identified as a suspect.

Davis was arrested Thursday night and was being held without bail. He’s due back in court April 4 for a readiness conference.

— City News Service

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