EL MIRAGE, AZ - An El Mirage man has pleaded not guilty in the strangulation death of his girlfriend.
El Mirage police arrested Jesus Octoviano Tober in the killing of 24-year-old Patricia Coat after her body was found in an alley on Jan. 31.
Tober is charged with second-degree murder. He's being held in lieu of $1 million bond.
A police statement said a witness interviewed by police saw Tober assault the victim early Friday morning before the couple went into a home across the street.