Felon Pleads Not Guilty in Photographer Killing

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    NBC Bay Area
    Lionel "Ray" Fluker, a freelance Oakland Tribune photographer, was killed April 5 by a stray bullet.

    A 10-time felon charged in the shooting death of a former Oakland Tribune freelance photographer who was hit by a stray bullet has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

    The Tribune reports that 38-year-old Joe Daniel McNeely, also known as Anthony Lister, entered his pleas on Monday.

    McNeely is charged in the killing of 54-year-old Lionel "Ray'' Fluker.  Authorities say Fluker was hit by a stray bullet in East Oakland on April 5 when McNeely was involved in a gunfight with another man. Fluker was a freelance photographer for the Tribune from 1995 to 2007

    McNeely was also shot during the gun battle. He was arrested after being taken to a hospital by a friend.

    Though McNeely has 10 prior felony convictions over a 20-year period, officials say none of them were serious enough to make him eligible for the state's Three Strikes Law.