A Hoopa man pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment after he was found driving an allegedly stolen truck connected to a recent shooting death in Hoopa.
Rodney Allen Donahue Jr., 23, faces charges of vehicle theft, impersonating another person, giving false identification to a peace officer and driving on a suspended license. He was appointed a public defender at his arraignment.
The gray Nissan Frontier truck that Donahue was driving on Sept. 11 is suspected to be involved in the death of 30-year-old Nicholas Adam Montoya.
Two men initially found the body of Montoya, near where he'd been living in Hoopa, on Sept. 10, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Montoya was identified through his fingerprints. The Humboldt County Coroner's Office determined that Montoya died from a gunshot wound.
◼ Sheriff: Gunshot killed Hoopa homicide victim
A Tuesday autopsy of a man found dead in Hoopa last week determined he died from a gunshot wound.
Two men initially found the body of 30-year-old Nicholas Adam Montoya, near where he'd been living in Hoopa, on Sept. 10, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. Montoya was identified through his fingerprints.
Because of the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff's Office is not releasing other details of Montoya's death -- including how many times he was shot, where on his body he was wounded, or what caliber of gun was used in the crime.
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