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Suspect in animal control officer’s murder pleads not guilty

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Posted: Saturday, April 6, 2013 12:00 am

A Galt man arrested on charges that he fatally shot a Sacramento County animal control officer last year pleaded not guilty during an appearance on Friday in Sacramento County court.

Joseph Corey, 66, was arrested in November following a nearly 17-hour stand-off with Galt police after officers said he fatally shot Officer Roy Marcum who had gone to Corey's 1st Street residence to retrieve pets believed left abandoned when Corey was evicted.

Marcum, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot through Corey's front door and died on the scene.

The Elk Grove man was married with three children. He was employed by the Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulatory Department for 14 years, and was well-known in Galt.

Corey is scheduled to appear again in court on May 17 for a preliminary hearing, according to a court representative.

He has been incarcerated in Sacramento.

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