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Tempe man pleads not guilty in fatal Christmas party shooting

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Daniel Taylor (Source: Tempe Police Department) Daniel Taylor (Source: Tempe Police Department)
Christmas party shooting in Tempe leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded. (Source: Christina Batson, cbsaz.com) Christmas party shooting in Tempe leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded. (Source: Christina Batson, cbsaz.com)
SWAT officers were called in to secure the area. (Source: CBS 5 News) SWAT officers were called in to secure the area. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Several apartments were evacuated as the gunman fled after the shooting. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com) Several apartments were evacuated as the gunman fled after the shooting. (Source: Christina Batson, cbs5az.com)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A Tempe man pleaded not guilty in a shooting at a Christmas party in Tempe that left one person dead and another wounded.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Daniel Cody Taylor, 18, entered his plea at his arraignment Monday.

Just after 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, Taylor showed up at the gathering on a front patio at 850 S. River Dr., struck up conversations with some of the people and was asked to leave the party by one of the residents because he wasn't invited, according to a court document.

Taylor later showed up again in different clothing and was asked again to leave the gathering, according to the document.

Taylor arrived a third time and is believed to have fired a .22-caliber handgun at the victims, according to the document.

Witnesses leaving the party said they saw Taylor heading in the direction of the complex just before the shooting, according to the document.

Between 12 and 15 people were at the party, said Tempe police Sgt. Michael Pooley.

Jeff Ward, 28, died of his wounds, Pooley said.

The woman who was wounded was rushed to the hospital. There is no word on her condition.

A .22-caliber handgun and ammunition that matched casings found at the scene were recovered during a search of Taylor's apartment.

Taylor was booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He is being held on $450,000 bond.

His next scheduled court date is Feb. 14.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News for updates on this developing story.

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Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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