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Man enters plea in Christmas Eve shooting at Louisiana mall

3 years 7 months 1 week ago Friday, April 10 2015 Apr 10, 2015 April 10, 2015 4:29 PM April 10, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

GRETNA - The Marrero man accused of gunning down another man in the Oakwood Mall on Christmas Eve has pleaded not guilty in state district court.

Gary M. François, 26, who was indicted by a Jefferson Parish grand jury Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder, entered his plea Friday.

François, who has been in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center since his arrest shortly after the shooting, is being held on $750,000 bond.

Authorities say surveillance footage shows François waiting among the last-minute Christmas shoppers outside of the Foot Locker in the mall as 24-year-old James Vaughn made a purchase at the counter.

When Vaughn was finished, François allegedly walked into the shoe store and shot him.

No motive has been given for the shooting.

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