Man accused of fatally beating boys with bat pleads not guilty

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Joe Sauceda Gallegos By Jennifer Thomas Joe Sauceda Gallegos By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man accused of fatally beating two boys with a baseball bat in a random attack more than three years ago at a west Phoenix playground has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse charges.
 
Joe Sauceda Gallegos entered the plea as he was arraigned Monday on charges in the December 2008 deaths of 7-year-old Jesse Ramirez and 10-year-old Edwin Pellecier.
 
Gallegos was arrested within hours of the attack and police say they found a bat in his home along with clothing that appeared to be bloodstained.
 
A judge found in 2010 that Gallegos was mentally unfit to stand trial.
 
But recently Gallegos was released from the Arizona State Hospital and rebooked in the case.