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.