ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A Washington state man has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found in the Yakima River Canyon.

The Yakima Herald reports that 24-year-old Christopher Almaral pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Curtis.

Kittitas County Sheriff Office investigators say the 34-year-old Curtis had been found dead Jan. 7 with two gunshot wounds.

A probable cause statement says detectives tied alleged gang activity by Almaral to Curtis’ death.

Almaral remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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