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An ex-con pleaded not guilty Monday to fatally shooting an 80-year-old man in Encino.

Timothy Kirkpatrick, 42, is charged with murder involving the March 2 killing of Stuart Herman, who was found with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 4500 block of Densmore Avenue.

Kirkpatrick is also charged with one count each of assault with a firearm involving a second alleged victim and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with two counts of first-degree residential burglary with a person present.

Co-defendant Hakop Keloyan, 48, is charged with one count of assault with a firearm involving the second alleged victim, two counts each of first-degree residential burglary with a person present and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with four counts of unauthorized use of personal identifying information. He also pleaded not guilty.

The criminal complaint alleges that Kirkpatrick and Keloyan personally used a handgun during the crimes.

Kirkpatrick has convictions for crimes including burglary and robbery dating back to 1998 while Keloyan was convicted for vandalism in 2021, according to the criminal complaint.

Kirkpatrick has remained behind bars since his arrest, while Keloyan was freed April 29 on bond, according to jail records.

The two are due back in a Van Nuys courtroom June 22, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to allow the case against them to proceed to trial.

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