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Felon Charged In Killing Of Oakland Tribune Photographer Pleads Not Guilty

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Lionel Fluker (Nick Lammers/Oakland Tribune)

Lionel Fluker (Nick Lammers/Oakland Tribune)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — A 10-time felon charged in the shooting death of a former Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

38-year-old Joe Daniel McNeely, also known as Anthony Lister, entered his pleas on Monday.

McNeely is charged in the killing of 54-year-old Lionel “Ray” Fluker. Authorities say Fluker was hit by a stray bullet in East Oakland on April 5 when McNeely was involved in a gunfight with another man. Fluker was a freelance photographer for the Tribune from 1995 to 2007

McNeely as also shot during the gunbattle. He was arrested after being taken to a hospital by a friend.

Though McNeely has 10 prior felony convictions over a 20-year period, officials say none of them were serious enough to make him eligible for the state’s Three Strikes Law.

 

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