A man charged with sexually assaulting and trying to kill an 80-year-old Hollywood woman in her apartment in June pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges.
Marcus Datwione Peete, 33, is charged with one count each of attempted murder, sexual penetration by a foreign object, assault and first-degree burglary with a person present.
Peete allegedly forced himself inside after the woman answered her front door in the 1700 block of North Ivar Avenue, then pushed her into her bedroom, beat her and sexually assaulted her as she fought back June 18.
Peete was arrested the next day near Crenshaw and Olympic boulevards, and has remained in jail since then.
He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Sept. 12, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, he faces up to life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service
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