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Browning: Stories linking him to Pike murder ‘ridiculous’

MODESTO — Defense attorneys for Madera murder suspect Dustin Gran called their first witness Friday. But, though he admitted to his status as a drug dealer, Samuel Browning said he had “nothing to do” with the death of 18-year-old Krista-Rae Pike.

In fact, Browning said, it was only when he asked for payment that one of his customers went to authorities and accused him of helping to end Pike’s life.

Pike was found dead more than six years ago inside a Madera home she shared with then-fiance Thomas Hollier, a friend of both Browning and Gran.

Prosecutors allege Gran was pushed into murdering Pike at the behest of Brittany Navarra, 22, who Hollier dumped when Pike returned to Madera some time in late 2007...


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