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Swinford Pleads Not Guilty to Raney Murder

February 09, 2011

The Manson man accused in last month’s shooting death of Paul Raney says he’s not guilty of second degree murder. Steven Swinford appeared in Chelan County Superior Court today for his arraignment.

The 20 year old Swinford is accused of murdering 24 year old Raney after the two long-time friends got into an argument over an IPod and an Xbox. Swinford remains in custody at the Chelan County Jail. His bail was set at one million dollars. Prosecutor, Doug Shae commented after the hearing . .He said he had not yet completed his review of the police reports. .

Friends and family members of the victims and defendant were at the courthouse but they all declined comment with the media. Swinford appeared in court wearing a Mohawk and dressed in an orange jail-issued jumpsuit. If convicted of second degree murder he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a 50-thousand dollar fine.

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