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Man pleads not guilty to murder charge in teen soccer player slaying

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Jason Schumann pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Francisco Rodriguez.

24-year-old Jason Alejandro Schumann of Calabasas pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Francisco Rodriguez on Jan. 11.

Prosecutors say Schumann shot the El Camino Real High School soccer goalie after he was lured outside of his Winnetka home in the San Fernando Valley by a woman believed to 19-year-old Elizabeth Ibarra.

Investigators say Ibarra is Schumann's girlfriend, however she has not been charged in the case and no motive has been revealed. The pair are charged in an unrelated armed robbery that occurred two weeks before the shooting.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 21, according to CNS.

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Armed robbery charges for pair implicated in teen slaying

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24-year-old Jason Schuman and a 19-year-old Elizabeth Ibarra have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Francisco Rodriguez.

Jason Schumann and Elizabeth Ibarra, the pair implicated in the targeted killing of 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer player Francisco Rodriguez, were charged with armed robbery on Wednesday for an incident that occurred at the end of last year, the L.A. Times reported.

19-year-old Ibarra and 24-year-old Schumann used a handgun to rob a man of his cell phone behind a market in the San Fernando Valley on Dec. 29. Schumann, a Calabasas resident, has also been charged in the Jan. 11 Winnetka killing of the teen goalie. Rodriguez was fatally shot in the front yard of his home after being lured outside by a woman believed to be Ibarra, who is believed to be Schumann's girlfriend, according to authorities.

Ibarra remains in jail on a probation violation. Schumann is being held on $2-million bail. The murder weapon, believed to be in the Calabasas landfill in Agoura, was not found during a recent search.

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SoCal landfill searched for murder weapon in teen shooting

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El Camino Real's goalkeeper Francisco Rodriguez was fatally shot last week in Winnetka. (Photo used with permission from the L.A. Daily News)

The search is on for the murder weapon used in the targeted killing of 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer player Francisco Rodriguez

Authorities believe the gun may be located in the Calabasas Landfill. Los Angeles police detectives, with help from community volunteers, will search the Agoura Hills waste site beginning midmorning on Wednesday.

Rodriguez was shot and killed on Jan. 11 in the front yard of his San Fernando Valley home in Winnetka. Police say he lured outside by a woman who knocked on the door.

24-year-old Jason Schumann and 19-year-old Elizabeth Ibarra were arrested a few days later. Schumann has been charged with the murder that authorities have said was personally motivated.

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2 arrested in teen soccer player killing

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El Camino Real's goalkeeper Francisco Rodriguez was fatally shot last week in Winnetka. (Photo used with permission from the L.A. Daily News)

A LAPD spokesman confirmed two people are in custody in connection with the murder of high school soccer player Francisco Rodriguez. Details regarding the suspect arrests will be announced by officials at a news conference this afternoon. 

The El Camino Real student was fatally shot in front of his Winnetka home last week in what police called a "targeted" killing. Witnesses initally reported a red-haired, teenage girl knocked on the door and lured the victim outside where he was shot four times. 

The suspects' names have not yet been released. The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the LAPD Topanga Division.

This post has been updated.

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