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A 68-year-old man accused of fatally shooting one person and injuring five others at a Taiwanese Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple felonies stemming from the attack, which authorities have characterized as a hate crime.
The charges against David Wenwei Chou of Las Vegas include murder and attempted murder.
Prosecutors also added hate crime enhancements, alleging that Chou’s killing of Dr. John Cheng, 52, and wounding of other parishioners on May 15 was motivated by race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin.
Chou could face the death penalty if convicted of all charges.