Oct 10, 2012 3:26 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Man pleads not guilty in attempted murder case

The man who was seriously injured when he was shot by a California Highway Patrol Officer near Los Alamos in July entered a not guilty plea in a Santa Barbara County Courtroom Tuesday.

Michael Ledesma, 18, was charged with premeditated murder of a peace officer with a gang enhancement and an allegation that he used a knife. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a female victim and felony child endangerment of a 1-year-old infant.

According to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office, Ledesma is currently being held in Santa Barbara County Jail. He is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on October 17.

Back in July, Ledesma was shot by a CHP officer on Highway 135 near Los Alamos after police say he confronted an officer with a knife, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's department. Ledesma was with a woman and her child when the woman called 911 for help.

The CHP officer fired multiple time hitting and injuring Ledesma hospitalizing him for an extended period of time.

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