MODESTO (CBS13) — Paulo Mendoza, the man charged with killing Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh, pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Modesto courtroom.
Police say Cpl. Singh made a traffic stop in Newman the day after Christmas. Singh pulled over the truck for not having any plates.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Grows To 5,850 Acres, 10% Containment
A few moments after making the stop, the officer called out “shots fired” over the radio. Multiple agencies responded to the scene but the suspect had taken off before they arrived.READ MORE: Large Fight At Park In Natomas Leaves 1 Man Dead
Cpl. Singh’s killing attracted national attention, including from President Donald Trump. Seizing on the announcement from the Stanislaus County Sheriff that the suspect was in the US illegally, Trump linked the shooting to his push for building a border wall.MORE NEWS: Palo Alto Woman Alexandra Souverneva Accused Of Starting Fawn Fire In Shasta County
Mendoza will return to court in May.