Crime, Fire + Courts

Woodland murder suspect enters not-guilty plea

By From page A2 | April 03, 2014

WOODLAND — The suspect in a fatal Woodland stabbing pleaded not guilty to a felony murder charge during his arraignment hearing Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court.

Julio Demetrio Gayton, 26, requested the assistance of a public defender, who entered the plea on Gayton’s behalf and also denied enhancements alleging the use of a deadly weapon and that Gayton had served a prior prison term.

Gayton is accused of fatally stabbing 33-year-old Scott Michael Zumbrum on March 18 during an altercation on Elm Street. He was arrested Friday after police received a tip that he was inside a residence on Elliot Street.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for April 16 in Judge Paul Richardson’s courtroom. In the meantime, Gayton is being held without bail at the Yolo County Jail.

Lauren Keene

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