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MAN FACES A NOV. 7 TRIAL IN SLAYING OF SANDY WOMAN

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A man charged in the slaying of a Sandy woman and in an attempt to kill two other people pleaded not guilty Monday in 3rd District Court.

Danny M. Gallegos, 32, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He also pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping in connection with a related but separate incident.He was ordered to stand trial Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. before Judge Leonard Russon.

Witnesses testified during a preliminary hearing last month that Gallegos shot Tammy Snydergaard, 18, point-blank in the back of the head and also shot his former girlfriend, Stephanie Groves once in the chest.

They testified Gallegos was hiding in a closet in Groves' apartment in South Salt Lake on March 11 when he jumped out, pointed a gun at Snydergaard, Groves and James Esquibel and said, "I got you now!"

Esquibel and Groves fled to a bedroom, and Gallegos fired the gun through the door, the witnesses said. Esquibel later subdued the defendant, but he then jumped out of a bedroom window. When Esquibel and Groves returned to the living room, they discovered Snydergaard lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head, they said.

The other charges stem from a Feb. 7 incident when a man entered Groves' apartment, threatened her with a gun, placed tape over her mouth and forced her to go with him to his apartment, court documents state. Prosecutors said he tied her up and assaulted her at gunpoint.