A reputed gang member accused of joining three accomplices in a botched drug robbery 3 1/2 three years ago at a Desert Hot Springs park that left a woman dead pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other charges.

Barry Jerome Williams Jr., 32, was arrested Friday in connection with the Oct. 19, 2017, shooting death of 25-year-old Alycia Alexander at Wardman Park. Investigators have said they believe the crime was gang-related.

Williams was arraigned at the Banning Justice Center before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Alfonso Fernandez, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 8 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

Williams, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, is charged with murder and attempted robbery. Co-defendants Dimetrius Eugene Lugo, 21, and Shyrum Trequell Taylor, 24, previously pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

The three men also face gang-related sentence enhancing allegations, along with a special circumstance allegation of committing a murder during the commission of a robbery, which opens them up to possible death sentences if prosecutors opt to pursue capital punishment.

A fourth suspect, whose name was not released because he was 17 years old at the time of the shooting, was also arrested, but the status of his case was unclear.

The shooting was reported about 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2017, at the park located at the corner of Eighth Street and Cactus Drive, police said.

According to an arrest declaration prepared by Detective Christopher Tooth, Alexander drove two others to the park at the corner of Eighth Street and Cactus Drive to meet Lugo and Taylor for a planned drug transaction. The defendants had planned to conduct a robbery rather than successfully complete the transaction, Tooth alleged.

While the group was speaking at the park, two other men approached Alexander’s vehicle, and she sped off. One of the suspects fired an unspecified number of gunshots at the fleeing vehicle, striking Alexander and killing her instantly, according to the declaration.

Police did not specify who opened fire.

Following a multi-year investigation, the suspects were arrested at various times over the past several months.

Lugo was arrested in Arizona on March 7. Taylor was taken into custody Thursday in Beaumont. Williams was arrested Friday in Thermal. None of the three men have any documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

The fourth suspect was arrested in Arizona in April. His criminal history was unclear.

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