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Man pleads not guilty in crossbow death

November 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A Lancaster man is now facing murder charges for the death of a 62-year-old retired Edwards Air Force Base employee. Prosecutors say the man shot him with a crossbow. The suspect man was arraigned in Lancaster Monday. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.Thirty-eight-year-old Aseller Scott did everything he could to avoid an Eyewitness News camera when he appeared in a Lancaster courtroom Monday, charged with what authorities say is a bizarre, vicious killing.

Scott is accused of using a crossbow to kill 62-year-old Angel Martinez in March. Martinez was found dead with an arrow in his chest in the middle of 13th Street in Lancaster. Authorities say the victim was on foot some time around 1:30 a.m. March 13 when he was killed.

Authorties say Scott was already in custody on robbery and assault charges when Sherriff's detectives determined he was a suspect in the Martinez killing. They won't talk about the specific evidence they have leading them to Scott as the prime suspect. Authorities will say there is no evidence that the suspect knew the victim.

"I'd characterize it as a mindless, brutal murder, where the victim is dead because of a random circumstance where he happened to have crossed paths with this defendant," said prosecutor Michael Blake. "There is no apparent connection between the defendant and the victim in this case."

Scott's bail is set at one million dollars. If convicted of murder, Scott could be locked up in prison anywhere from 25 years to life.

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