Martin Anthony Huey pleads not guilty in strangulation death of Angelica Gregory

SAN DIEGO - A man accused of strangling his girlfriend to death after showing up at her Bay Terraces apartment pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.

Martin Anthony Huey, 22, was ordered held on $1 million bail in the death of Angelica Gregory.

Deputy District Attorney Ted Minahan told Judge David Szumowski that Huey and the victim had dated on and off for about two years.

The defendant showed up at the victim's apartment Monday and they started arguing, the prosecutor said.

Minahan said Huey hit the 22-year-old Gregory twice in the face then put her in a chokehold until she died.

Huey did not immediately call 911 but eventually called his aunt, who called 911, according to the prosecutor.

Huey first told officers that another man may have killed the victim, then later admitted that he beat and choked Gregory because he thought she was going for a knife, Minahan said.

The defendant was not initially arrested in connection with Gregory's death, but was taken into custody Wednesday in Riverside, the prosecutor said. Huey faces life in prison if convicted.

A readiness conference was set for May 30 and a preliminary hearing for June 20.

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