Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 | 1:36 p.m.
A 20-year-old man who authorities say was the driver of a vehicle allegedly involved in a shooting in which a bullet struck an 8-year-old boy pleaded not guilty today in District Court.
Authorities said Jonathan Alday was driving a Ford Focus on July 25 on Kell Lane near Marion Drive in a northeast Las Vegas neighborhood when shots were fired from the backseat of the car.
Alday invoked his right to a speedy trial when he was arraigned today on 12 counts related to the shooting, the most serious being three charges of attempted murder. He is being held on $380,000 in total bonds.
A trial was set for Nov. 10 to coincide with that of codefendant Carlos Reyes, who police say was the gunman.
Police said Reyes' intended target was his cousin, Miquel Manzo, who was with a friend in a Pontiac Grand Am.
Reyes confronted Manzo regarding drugs and money and shots were fired between the two cars, police said.
A bullet struck the chest of the child, who was walking with his 13-year-old sister and three younger cousins to a nearby school playground, according to court documents.
Witnesses rendered aid to the boy until he could be stabilized at University Medical Center.
A third man in the Ford traveled to Mexico and called police a week after the shooting to provide his story. He has not been charged.