- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man charged with killing a South Los Angeles teen because he was wearing red shoes has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Kevin Deon Johnson entered the plea on Monday. He is charged with murder in the killing of 19-year-old Tavin Price near a carwash in May.

His relatives say Price had a mental disability.

Police say gang members confronted him about his red tennis shoes - the color of a rival gang - and shot him in front of his mother.

Authorities say Price wasn’t in a gang.

Two other men also are charged with murder.

Dwight Kevin Smith has pleaded not guilty and the alleged shooter, Kanasho Johns, is awaiting extradition from Texas to Los Angeles.


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