A Granada Hills man who allegedly smashed a hammer into the heads of two teen-agers as they embraced on a street pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Rodolfo Aguero, 33, was charged with two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury in the attack on Kelly McClure, 18, and her boyfriend Jack Utley, 16, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
The couple attended Aguero's arraignment in wheelchairs, with their heads shaved because of their injuries.
McClure, of Granada Hills, and Utley, of Huntington Beach, were hugging while sitting on a curb at Index Street and Montgomery Avenue in Granada Hills about 8:30 p.m. on July 8 when they were attacked from behind, according to police reports.
McClure, who remains partially paralyzed, was struck twice on the head and Utley was struck once by a man who ran off, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Greller.