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Beverly Hills stabbing suspect pleads innocent

Katsutoshi Takazato, 21, was found stabbed to death outside a home in an exclusive Beverly Hills neighborhood on Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

July 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A suspect accused in the stabbing death of a movie producer's son pleaded not guilty Monday in Beverly Hills.Scott Joseph Barker, 23, was arraigned Monday in Superior Court.

He and his girlfriend, Chie Alexandra Coggins Johnson, 20, are facing murder charges. She has also pleaded not guilty to murder.

Katsutoshi Tony Takazato, son of filmmaker Fuminori Hayashida, was found dead at about 6 a.m. Tuesday outside his home in 1800 block of Carla Ridge in the exclusive Trousdale Estates area.

Prosecutors say Barker became enraged after Johnson told him that Takazato, who she used to date, had physically abused her.

A third person who was arrested was released after the investigation concluded he wasn't involved in the slaying.

The couple faces life in prison if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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