EUREKA — An alleged Humboldt County marijuana farmer accused of fatally shooting one of his workers has pleaded not guilty to federal murder, gun and drug charges.

The Times-Standard reports ( ) Mikal Xylon Wilde entered his plea Monday at the federal courthouse in Eureka. He is being held at the Humboldt County jail until he is transported to San Francisco, where he is slated to stand trial.

Wilde could be sentenced to death if convicted of killing Mario Roberto Juarez-Madrid, a father of two from Guatemala. The 29-year-old initially faced state charges over the alleged August 2010 shooting at the Kneeland-area marijuana grow.

Other workers, including one who was shot in the face, testified during a September preliminary hearing that Wilde opened fire after they quit and demanded to be paid.


Information from: Times-Standard,