- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A teenager charged with capital murder in slaying of a southwest Little Rock woman has pleaded not guilty in district court.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that the 15-year-old also pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and felony theft of property.

He’s one of three high school students arrested in the death of Eunice Lopez. Police say the suspects robbed her purse and fatally shot her outside her home Jan. 31 as she was holding her 2-year-old daughter.

The 15-year-old wasn’t originally charged in the case, but police arrested him Wednesday after investigating further.

In the hearing Thursday, his attorney, Willard Proctor, said his client was accused of being an accomplice in the crime but wasn’t directly involved in the homicide. Proctor filed a motion to reduce the bail. His next court date is scheduled for April 11.

Eighteen-year-old Ramale Collier and another 15-year-old boy also have pleaded not guilty to the same charges. They are scheduled to appear in court March 30. It wasn’t immediately clear if they have lawyers.

All three suspects are being held in Pulaski County jail without bail.

A police spokesman says no additional arrests are expected in the case.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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