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Lake County man pleads not guilty in crossbow slaying case

EUREKA — A Clear Lake man has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder in connection with a crossbow attack that left one dead and another injured.

The Eureka Times-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/16vcN46) that 21-year-old Phoenix King entered his plea on Thursday in Humboldt County Superior Court.

King was arrested Sept. 9 after authorities found 44-year-old James John James dead in the Samoa Peninsula area from an arrow wound to the face.

Another victim, 41-year-old Matthew Lewis, survived with wounds to the head, hip and leg.

Police also arrested 16-year-old Rosalie Adams, who earlier pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder. The court has yet to determine if she will be tried as an adult.

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