ROOSEVELT, N.Y. — A teenager arrested in the machete slaying of a 15-year-old found dead on Long Island last year has pleaded not guilty.
Eighteen-year-old Josue Figueroa-Velasquez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday on murder charges in the death of 15-year-old Angel Soler, of Long Island.
Angel’s remains were found last October in Nassau County.
Authorities say Angel was attacked by a group of people and was hacked to death with a machete in July.
The killing has been blamed on the MS-13 gang.
Figueroa-Velasquez is represented by Legal Aid. Two other people also have been charged in Angel’s killing.
Also on Wednesday, unidentified human remains believed to be the victim of MS-13 were found in Roosevelt.
MS-13 is believed to be behind 25 killings on Long Island during the past two years and has become a target of President Donald Trump.