A former Santa Ana gang member turned small-town Alabama preacher pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted-murder charges Friday in the 1993 drive-by shooting of rival gang members.
Geronimo Galvan Burgos, 29, being held on $250,000 bail in county jail, did not speak during the brief arraignment. He was arrested in Alabama last month.
Police allege that Burgos was in a car from which numerous shots were fired at rival gang members. A 29-year-old man was killed and two others were wounded in the shooting.
Investigators focused on Burgos as a suspect after uncovering new evidence in the case. Burgos was not the only person in the car, and authorities hope he provides information on other suspects.
After leaving Santa Ana, Burgos became a minister at a Latino church in Russellville, Ala., where he preached on television and counseled inmates at the county jail.
A preliminary hearing was set for March 21.