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Lompoc man pleads not guilty to murder of 15-year-old Erik Vargas

Lompoc man pleads not guilty to murder of 15-year-old Erik Vargas

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Raymond Ramon Vega

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A Lompoc man charged with the gang-related murder of 15-year-old Erik Villa Vargas pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Superior Court.

Raymond Ramon Vega, 25, appeared for an arraignment before Superior Court Judge Raimundo Montes de Oca in Lompoc. 

In addition to murder, Vega is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and three enhancements, including committing a violent felony for the benefit of a street gang and discharging a firearm, causing great bodily injury and death. 

Vargas, along with two other teens, were found shot in the 700 block alley between North F and G streets in Lompoc on Oct. 12. All three were transported to a local hospital, where Vargas died from his injuries. The investigation into the shootings is ongoing. 

Vega remains in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail with no bail amount set. He's scheduled for a preliminary hearing setting Jan. 7 in Department 1 at Superior Court in Lompoc. 

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