A 19-year-old Berkeley man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he fatally shot a 17-year-old Danville boy on his front porch in January 2009 during an attempted robbery.
Walter Bell has been charged with murder and second-degree robbery with enhancements for the use of a gun and committing a murder in the course of a robbery for the Jan. 20 shooting of Rylan Fuchs on his front porch in the 1000 block of El Capitan Drive.
According to prosecutors, Fuchs had agreed to meet Bell the night of the shooting to sell him some marijuana.
But when Bell approached Fuchs at about 9:15 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 20, he was allegedly holding a gun and attempted to scare Fuchs into giving up the marijuana without payment, prosecutors said.
Bell later told investigators that the gun had gone off accidentally, prosecutors said.
Fuchs, a senior at San Ramon Valley High School, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he died early the next morning, Danville police said.
Bell was arrested and charged with the crimes in November and is being held without bail at the Martinez Detention Facility.