Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty in shooting 

A former Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges in a fatal off-duty shooting.

The Modesto Bee reports ( that 34-year-old Kari Abbey entered the plea on Monday to charges including conspiracy to commit unlawful evictions.

Abbey was also facing a murder charge in the Sept. 24, 2010 shooting death of 31-year-old Rita Elias. But a judge dismissed that charge at the end of a preliminary hearing last month, ruling that Abbey had opened fire in self-defense after Elias pointed what appeared to be a handgun, but was actually a BB gun, at her.

Elias was renting a property from Abbey and Abbey's parents in Modesto. On the day of the shooting, authorities say Abbey went there to evict Elias, and the two women got into a fight.


Information from: The Modesto Bee,

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