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Jan 8, 2013 6:24 PM by The Associated Press

Lawyer: Murder charges in SF crash 'overreaching'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The attorney for a San Francisco man charged with killing two people while fleeing police says prosecutors are overreaching in charging his client with murder.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 19-year-old David Morales pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder and attempted murder charges. Authorities say Morales fled after being pulled over by police on New Year's Day and slammed into a Toyota sedan. Police suspect Morales in an earlier shooting.

A woman in the sedan, 29-year-old Silvia Tuncun, died. A pedestrian, 26-year-old Francisco Gutierrez, was hit by the sedan and also died.

The driver of the Toyota suffered life-threatening injuries.

Morales's public defender, Stephen Olmo, said he has concerns about the murder charges. Olmo said Morales traveled a very short distance before the crash.

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