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Dec 10, 2012 8:41 PM by Associated Press

SoCal man charged in fatal pursuit crash

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged a Palmdale man with murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl for allegedly leading sheriff's deputies in a high-speed chase that ended with a crash into a car carrying the child.

Forty-five-year-old Marvin Travon Hicks pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to murder and one other felony, evading an officer causing injury. A judge set his bail at $1.1 million and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dec. 19.

The district attorney's office says Hicks drove at speeds up to 100 mph as he tried to flee deputies last Thursday. Two-year-old Madison Faye Ruano was killed in the ensuing collision and her mother, Tina Marie Ruano, was seriously injured.

Hicks faces up to life in prison if convicted.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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