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ABC 10 News: Man accused of shooting estranged wife’s brother, former business partner pleads not guilty

A biotech executive accused of wounding his estranged wife’s brother and a former business partner in separate shootings in La Jolla earlier this month pleaded not guilty Monday to premeditated attempted murder and other charges. Hans Petersen, 49, was ordered held on $5 million bail. Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund alleged Petersen had two intended “targets” on Sept. 18. About 3 that morning, Petersen fired his gun into the master bedroom of 53-year-old Steven Dowdy, a UCSD researcher and former business associate, Maund alleged. Dowdy and his wife were sleeping when Petersen allegedly started firing. Defense attorney Marc Carlos told reporters that Petersen is a “pillar of the community” with no prior record, and was valedictorian of his business class at the University of San Diego.

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About Marc X. Carlos

Marc Carlos is a partner and co-founder of Bardsley and Carlos LLP. Mr. Carlos has been practicing criminal law since 1987. He has been a member of both the Los Angeles and the San Diego County Public Defender's office where he was a senior trial deputy focusing primarily on serious felony trials. Mr. Carlos has tried over 140 jury trials and represented thousands of clients in criminal matters. He has tried a variety of complex criminal matters ranging from fraud to murder, including death penalty cases.

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