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Man charged with killing a hostage and 2 suspects enters plea in court in San Joaquin County


STOCKTON, California — The surviving suspect in a bank robbery that left a hostage and two suspects dead in a shootout with police pleaded not guilty in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

The Stockton Record reports ( ) that 19-year-old Jaime Ramos was in court Monday in connection with a Bank of the West heist in Stockton, California on July 16.

Ramos is charged with three counts of murder in the killing of a hostage, who authorities say was hit by police gunfire when Ramos used her as a shield in a final shootout. Two other heist suspects were also killed.

He also faces numerous attempted murder counts for allegedly firing at police.

Ramos will be back in court in January for a preliminary hearing, which will decide if there is enough evidence to hold a trial, although the case could go to a grand jury.

Information from: Stockton Record,

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