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Man pleads not guilty in Roxbury slaying

A Boston man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he shot and killed a 35-year-old father of two last month after an argument, prosecutors said.

Devone Suber, 27, pleaded not guilty in Roxbury District Court to one count of murder. Suber was arrested shortly after Maiqi Hernandez, a Harvard University security guard, was shot in his own Roxbury apartment on May 3, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

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Suber had allegedly argued with Hernandez in the Prentiss Street building just after midnight on the day of the shooting and returned with a gun to Hernandez’s apartment around 12:40 a.m., the district attorney said.

The district attorney’s office said Suber opened the door and fatally shot Hernandez in the chest.

“It shocks the conscience,” District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in the statement. “The argument was over. The conflict was finished. And yet the evidence suggests he came back and shot this man who posed no threat and offered no reason to hurt him.”

Boston police stopped Suber on nearby Annunciation Road a short time later because he matched a description of the shooter that witnesses had given to police, Conley’s office said.

Police found a box containing 45 rounds of .357-caliber ammunition that matched the bullets used in the shooting in Suber’s car.

When police stopped Suber’s car he said: “I found it. It’s not mine. I found it in Mattapan,” according to the statement.

Suber was ordered held without bail and is scheduled to return to court July 19. His lawyer, Eduardo Masferrer, could not be reached for comment.

Todd Feathers can be reached at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ToddFeathers.

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