A 31-year-old Tacoma man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he participated in a murder plot that targeted one man but ended in the death of another two years ago.
Fidel Gaytan-Gutierrez is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Jaime Diaz-Solis.
Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Gaytan-Gutierrez jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Diaz-Solis was shot to death Nov. 12, 2012 in a Lakewood apartment.
Prosecutors contend Gaytan-Gutierrez and six other men conspired to kill Diaz-Solis' roommate and cousin, a man they saw as a rival drug dealer. One of them shot Diaz-Solis instead after encountering him in the apartment, according to court documents.
Detectives interviewed Gaytan-Gutierrez about the case in June. He admitted being present when the hit was discussed but denied going to Diaz-Solis' apartment, court records show.
In November 2013, one of his co-defendants was arrested and charged.
That man told police Gaytan-Gutierrez helped plan the original hit and accompanied several other co-conspirators to the apartment the day Diaz-Solis was gunned down, court records show.