Marine Pleads Innocent To Murder Of Comrade

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Marine has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a Camp Pendleton comrade who prosecutors allege was killed in a dispute over stolen drug money.

Pfc. Alvin Reed Lovely entered his plea during an arraignment Friday in Orange County Superior Court.

The body of Pfc. Stephen Serrano was found May 15 in a ditch in San Clemente.

Another Marine charged with murder in the case, Lance Cpl. Christian William Carney, was being held at Camp Pendleton where he faces unrelated drug dealing charges. He will face the murder charge after disposition of his drug case, authorities said.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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