Not guilty plea in soccer player murder


The man accused of shooting and killing an El Camino Real soccer player pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in court today, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

Jason Schumann, 24, of Calabasas is charged with murdering Francisco Rodriguez Jr., a 17-year-old goalie on the El Camino Real soccer team. Rodriguez was found shot in front of his home in Winnetka by Los Angeles Police Department officers on Jan. 11. Rodriguez played a soccer game against Woodland Hills Taft earlier in the afternoon.

Schumann and Elizabeth Ibarra, 19, were arrested in connection with the death of Rodriguez and taken into custody by the LAPD, but Ibarra has not been charged in the murder.

Both suspects are also facing an unrelated armed robbery charge. They are accused of taking a man's cellphone behind a market in the San Fernando Valley on Dec. 29, according to the LAPD.

Schumann is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in court on Feb. 21.

Police have said they believe Schumann shot Rodriguez after Ibarra lured him out of his house. Schumann and Ibarra fled in a green Ford Explorer, which police later tracked down in Calabasas.

Police, firefighters and volunteers conducted a two-day search of the Calabasas landfill in January for the gun believed used in the shooting, but came up empty.