Two teenagers suspected of killing a 21-year-old Riverbank man pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted carjacking charges on Thursday, a prosecutor said.
Turlock Diaz, 14, and Daniel Pantoja, 18, were arraigned as adults in Stanislaus County Superior Court. They also denied gang and gun enhancements that are tacked on to the felony charges.
Diaz is suspected of being the shooter in the death of Chaz Bettencourt, who was killed about 12:40 a.m. Aug. 5 outside the am-pm minimarket at Patterson and Oakdale roads in Riverbank.
Police said Bettencourt was at the wrong place at the wrong time when he went to the store with a friend to buy soft drinks.
Pantoja, Diaz and a third suspect, 15-year-old Jah-Kari Phyall — who pleaded not guilty at a hearing last month - face 75 years to life if convicted.The defendants are being held on $4 million bail.