A former security guard at a Marina del Rey apartment complex pleaded not guilty today to a charge alleging that he fatally shot his supervisor.
Byron Keith Street, 47, is charged with murdering Patrick Odoikyene, 47, who was found shot to death at 2:48 a.m. last Dec. 30 outside the upscale Shores apartment complex in the 4200 block of Via Marina.
The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation that Odoikyene was murdered during the course of a burglary, along with an allegation that Street personally and intentionally discharged a handgun during the crime.
Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against the Inglewood resident, who was arrested Dec. 31.
Street had previously been suspended by Odoikyene, his immediate supervisor, for bringing his girlfriend to work, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Street and his girlfriend, Ann Una Bailey, 23, of Inglewood, were charged Jan. 3 with five counts of theft and one count of false personation. Street was also charged with one count of counterfeit seal.
Street has since been charged with one count each of murder, first- degree residential burglary and ex-felon in possession of a firearm, along with three counts of vandalism with more than $400 damage.
He is due back at the Airport Branch Courthouse in Los Angeles April 15, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
--City News Service