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Phoenix man pleads not guilty in neighbor's shooting death

Nicholas Philip Oakes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Nicholas Philip Oakes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

The man accused of shooting his neighbor 15 times and killing him in his driveway in September 2013 has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Nicholas Oakes entered his plea in Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday.

Oakes was arrested in Mesa on Monday morning for the death of Terry Maynard on Sept. 6, 2013.

Police said arguments between the neighbors dated back more than a year and on July 11, 2012, Oakes had been served with an injunction against harassment from Terry Maynard and his wife. Another injunction of harassment was issued to Oakes on June 3, 2013, but police reports show Oakes repeatedly violated those injunctions by going on the Maynards' property, leaving notes for them, calling police, contacting their neighbors and calling their Home Owners Association.

More than 60 calls were made to 911 about the Maynards and they reported to police that Oakes was making false allegations against them.

A week before the shooting, Oakes reportedly called police three times stating that Maynard was "harassing" him by working on his motorcycle in his own carport.

On Sept. 6, 2013, Maynard was walking to the end of his driveway to check his mail when Oakes began shooting at him. Maynard headed for his carport where he fell face down, the police report stated. Oakes continued shooting at Maynard as he walked onto the victim's driveway and stood over the victim, shooting until his gun was empty, police said.

Police said then Oakes pulled out a second gun from under his shirt and shot at the victim's head multiple times.

Oakes walked back to his house and barricaded himself inside his house for several hours in a police standoff.

The incident was caught on Oakes' surveillance system.

Oakes claimed the fatal shooting was in self-defense.

Oakes was arrested on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated harassment.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference April 22 before Jeffrey Rueter.

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