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Defendant pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

Denharrio also pleads not guilty to attempted murder

The Fort Dodge man accused of shooting an innocent bystander in a car after missing his target has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, according to a written arraignment filed Monday.

Denharrio Lewil, 18, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of JLynn Beason, 18, after she was shot on Sept. 20 in the 400 block of South 14th Street.

Criminal complaints allege that the bullets were aimed at the victim’s brother.

Lewil pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Wednesday for the charge relating to Beason’s brother.

Officers learned that a verbal argument between Beason’s brother and the defendant preceded the shooting.

“At one point during the altercation, the defendant raised a firearm and fired at (the attempted murder victim) and his vehicle, striking the vehicle at least three times,” the murder criminal complaint said.

Beason was struck by at least one of the three shots from a semi-automatic pistol. She was the only one in her brother’s vehicle who was struck.

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