Pinoy accused of killing co-worker pleads not guilty

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 31 2014 12:53 PM | Updated as of Jun 02 2014 07:34 PM

SAN DIEGO, California – The Filipino accused of murdering his Pinay co-worker pleaded not guilty on Friday at a San Diego Courthouse.

Leopoldo Pacuan's arraignment was delayed earlier this week because of a need for a Tagalog translator.

Members of Raquel Morales’ family filled several rows inside the courtroom, with many of them emotional as prosecutors detailed the alleged murder.

Morales' sister had collapsed during the hearing. Morales' husband told Balitang America outside the courtroom that hearing the details of the alleged murder was very difficult.

Pacuan, who has worked for LBC Express since 2009, was arrested days after the 63-year-old Morales, described as a well-loved loyal employee of 13 years, was found dead inside the store on May 18th.

Pacuan remains in custody on a one million dollar bail and is due back in court next week.