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Oroville man charged in girlfriend's death pleads not guilty

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 03 2013 01:25:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 09:13:43 PM CDT
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OROVILLE, Calif. -

Wednesday morning an Oroville man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend to death pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.  A group of the victim's friends rallied outside the courthouse, vowing to get justice.

Olabaku Jones, 43,  entered his plea in Butte County Court Wednesday morning. He is charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend Abby Tucker, 33.

Last week Jones was initially arraigned on assault charges, after Tucker was hospitalized with severe head injuries.  Deputies said she was found beaten June 24 at the home the couple shared  in the 2100 block of Spencer Street in Oroville.

The charges were upgraded once Tucker passed away after three days in the hospital.

When the charges were read in court during his first appearance last week, Jones replied "just give me the injection."

After her death, investigators determined she was 4-6 weeks pregnant when she died.  Investigators believe she may not have known she was pregnant at the time of her death.

Outside the Butte County Courthouse Wednesday morning, a group of Tucker's friends gathered with signs reading "Justice for Abby."  Her friend of 18 years, Nicole Chestang, said the group wants to be there to make sure Jones is held accountable for her death.  They wore purple ribbons because it was Abby's favorite color.

Judge James Reilley set Jones' preliminary hearing for July 17.  Jones is held on $1,000,000..