December 29th, 2011
01:41 AM ET

Lawyer: Suspect in soldier shooting to plead not guilty at arraignment

A man accused of shooting and paralyzing a U.S. Army soldier at a homecoming party intends to plead not guilty to all charges at his arraignment Thursday, his attorney said.

Ruben Jurado, 19, faces a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of Army Spc. Christopher Sullivan on Friday night at a homecoming party in Sullivan's native San Bernardino, California.

He also faces charges on "allegations involving premeditation and the use and discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury," the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office said.

Jurado "will deny any and all allegations," defense attorney Michael Holmes said Wednesday. "We anticipate receiving the initial discovery of police reports and any other evidence that the district attorney has at this time."

Holmes noted that the court "allows video arraignment," but said he and Jurado had "discussed this process and he wanted to be present in court during the entire process."

Te party in Sullivan's honor was to celebrate his recent return to California from Kentucky, where he was stationed while recovering from wounds sustained in a suicide bombing a year ago in Afghanistan.

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  1. racer x

    The defense attorney is doing the right thing: His client will show up in court looking clean-cut with his own side of the story to tell. He will look concerned (that justice prevail) but not angry or nervous. Given the soldier's history of gang involvement, the prosecutor will offer the defendant a deal. He will end up serving six years.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    AND THEN HE WOKE UP

    December 29, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hugh Jass

    I remember when we used to try to sneak booze into school dances. Now it's guns?

    December 29, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    IT USED TO BE WEED.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |