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Alarcon Aide Pleads Not Guilty PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:11

VAN NUYS (CNS) - A longtime aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for allegedly running down a pedestrian while driving a city vehicle in North Hollywood.

Manuel Figueras, 50, is accused in the March 14 death of 55-year-old Gary Woodford, who was struck while crossing Vineland Avenue at Erwin Street about 7:30 p.m. The District Attorney's Office originally declined to file any charges against Figueras, referring the matter to the city attorney for consideration of misdemeanor charges. Due to Figueras' job in Alarcon's office, the City Attorney's Office declared a conflict of interest and referred the issue back to the D.A.'s office.

County prosecutors described Woodford as a transient. An obituary published in his hometown Ohio paper said he worked as a foreman at C&S Propeller in Burbank, but he had apparently fallen on hard times, according to L.A. Weekly, which interviewed Woodford's family.

Figueras was driving a cityowned 2003 Toyota Prius when Woodford was struck, according to prosecutors.

Figueras remained at the scene and had not been drinking, according to the District Attorney's Office.

He faces up to a year in jail if convicted. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 15.

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