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Daniel Hinton, Suspect In Medical Marijuana Murder, Pleads Not Guilty, Second Suspect Still On the Loose

Raymond Lemone Easter, a suspect in the murder of Matthew Butcher. Easter was charged with murder and attempted murder on August 3, 2010, and is currently being sought by police.
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Daniel Hinton, Suspect In Medical Marijuana Murder, Pleads Not Guilty, Second Suspect Still On the Loose
Raymond Lemone Easter (Los Angeles Police Department)

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Daniel Deshawn Hinton, one of two men who police say killed a worker at a Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary in late June, pleaded not guilty to murder Monday.

Police are still searching for 27-year-old Raymond Lemone Easter, a suspected gang member who allegedly robbed the Higher Patch Holistic Care dispensary in Echo Park with Hinton on June 24.

Authorities say after ransacking the business, confiscating money and marijuana, the robbers shot and killed store worker Matthew Butcher, 27, and wounded a security guard who is currently recovering from his injuries.

Hinton was arrested July 21 and pleaded not guilty to the robbery charges as well as additional charges of attempted murder, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during a robbery.

Last week the City Council offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to Easter's arrest.

Lt. Gregg Strenk, who is managing the investigation, said authorities are trying gather information about the third suspect who is believed to have been with Easter and Hinton when the shooting occurred, and a fourth person believed to be the getaway driver, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hours after the Higher Patch shooting, another fatal shooting occurred at a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood. Authorities say an employee of the Hollywood Holistic store was found dead at the scene and that the business had apparently been robbed, according to CBS affiliate KCBS.

Police are not saying if the two shootings are related.