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Phoenix man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man accused of fatally shooting the boyfriend of an
exotic dancer has pleaded not guilty.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 23-year-old Marshon Garth was arraigned
Wednesday. His next scheduled court date is July 10.

Phoenix police said Garth met a 27-year-old exotic dancer at a residence on
April 30 and she agreed to perform a sex act in exchange for money.

Afterward, the two are said to have had an argument over payment and she called
her boyfriend for help leaving the residence.

Police said Garth shot at both victims, causing their vehicle to run up on the
curb and hit a tree.

The woman survived her injuries, but authorities said 23-year-old Michael Ray
Gauer died at the scene.

Garth was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and


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