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Stephon Lee And Mario Floyd Plead Not Guilty To Murder Of Pet Sitter

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Two suspected gang members pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of a pet sitter in her East Oakland neighborhood in July 2013.

Stephon Lee, 23, of Richmond, and 22-year-old Mario Floyd of Oakland are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court on Oct. 27 for a pretrial hearing in the killing of Judy Salamon.

Oakland police said Salamon, 66, was fatally shot in the 2400 block of Fern Street at 1:24 p.m. on July 24, 2013, after she used her cellphone to take a video of Lee and Floyd committing a crime in her neighborhood.

Police said Salamon, who lived about a half-mile away in the 2700 block of Best Avenue, then followed the two men in her car but they shot her and took her cellphone. Salamon crashed her car into a parked car after she was shot.

Sgt Mike Gantt said after Lee and Floyd were arrested and charged in April that police believe Lee shot Salamon. Floyd also is charged with murder because he allegedly drove the suspects’ car.

In addition to murder, Lee and Floyd are charged with the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery.

Lee is also charged with being a felon in possession of a gun because he has two prior felony convictions, one for second-degree robbery in 2011 and one for possession of a firearm on Sept. 25, 2012.

Prosecutors said Floyd was convicted of carrying a loaded firearm in a city on July 16, 2013, only eight days before Salamon was murdered.

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