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Teen charged in downtown Sioux City shooting pleads not guilty

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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City teenager has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a downtown Sioux City shooting.

Aaron Word, 17, entered his written plea Friday in Woodbury County District Court to attempted murder, willful injury, intimidation with a weapon, going armed with intent and trafficking in stolen firearms. His trial was scheduled for Dec. 7.

Word is accused of shooting a man who was attempting to break up an attack on his sister during a Sept. 24 altercation in the 200 block of Nebraska Street.

According to court documents, Word was among people in a car with Miracle Walls and Joy Scott following another woman with whom they had an ongoing feud. They blocked her path on an access road, and Scott and Walls opened the woman's car door and assaulted her. Before the woman was stopped, she had called her brother, who arrived on the scene and tried to break up the fight before he was shot.

Walls, 23, and Scott, 39, both of Sioux City, have both pleaded not guilty of second-degree burglary.

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