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Man pleads not guilty in Superior slaying

The man accused in the fatal shooting of a Duluth man pleaded not guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court. Juan Leonardo Padilla, 41, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., was arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide of Terence Rodney Lu...

Juan Leonardo Padilla
Juan Leonardo Padilla, 42, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., is accused of shooting and killing Terence Rodney Luukkonen, of Duluth.

The man accused in the fatal shooting of a Duluth man pleaded not guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Juan Leonardo Padilla, 41, of Fort Mohave, Ariz., was arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide of Terence Rodney Luukkonen.

Padilla is accused of the May 23 shooting in the parking lot of Genesis Attachments on Connors Point in Superior.

Luukkonen, 46, was found in his vehicle, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound on the left side of his head. He was transported to a Duluth hospital, where he died of his injuries.

A vehicle owned by Padilla was seen casing the parking lot of the Superior business where Luukkonen worked two days before the shooting. Police learned from Luukkonen's fiancée, Christin Weir, that Padilla, with whom she used to have a relationship, had threatened to kill Luukkonen.

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Padilla's attorney, Chief Public Defender J. Patrick O'Neill, requested a status conference in the case in about one month.

O'Neill said he expects to have access to evidence in the case soon, and holding the conference in a month would give the court better direction in setting the case for trial.

District Attorney Dan Blank said setting the matter for trial could expedite state crime lab reports but wasn't opposed to waiting to set the matter for trial.

A status conference before Douglas County Circuit Court Judge George Glonek is set for Aug. 14.

Padilla remains in custody at Douglas County Jail. No bail was set in the matter because of the nature of the charges and Padilla's lack of ties to the area.

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