Pawtucket man charged in deadly January shooting pleads not guilty

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — A Pawtucket man charged in a deadly January shooting pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Last week, Elijah Soto, 19, was indicted on eight charges by a grand jury on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol without a license, discharging a firearm resulting in death and several other drug offenses.

Pawtucket police said 28-year-old Jovani Velez was shot and killed on Carnation Street. He died at the hospital the next day.

Police arrested Soto at his home in April. He is currently being held without bail.

Soto is facing life in prison if found guilty on these charges, he has a pre-trial date set for Nov. 21.

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