Man pleads not guilty in slaying of Boston woman who was innocent bystander to gang fight

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BOSTON — A 26-year-old Boston man prosecutors say was the instigator in a gang shootout that killed an innocent bystander has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Twenty-two-year-old Wesson Colas was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Monday.

Defense attorney Peter Marano said Cole wasn't the one who shot 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier last August and was lucky not to be killed himself.

Prosecutor Mark Lee said Colas and his friends had a "stare-down" with the rival gang members, and Colas drew his gun first.

A man arrested fleeing the shooting has been charged with firing the bullet that killed Jaffier, a youth mentor who was waiting with friends for a Caribbean festival parade when the gunfire broke out on a street.

A third man has been charged as an accessory and will be arraigned later.

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