Friday, October 4, 1996 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Man Enters Not-Guilty Plea In Scientology-Center Shooting

Seattle Times Staff: Seattle Times News Services

PORTLAND - The man accused of shooting four people in a Church of Scientology branch pleaded not guilty today to 13 criminal counts arising from the Sept. 25 incident.

Along with the shootings, Jarius Godeka is accused of taking a hostage and setting a fire at the church's Celebrity Centre.

No trial date was set.

Godeka, who was jailed briefly early this year for threatening to kill church members and demanding money, had blamed the church for business problems.

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