A Lompoc man last week pleaded not guilty to a murder charge after the death of his father last month from injuries he sustained in an altercation between the two on North D Street, according to Santa Barbara County Superior Court records. 

The murder charge was upgraded against Joe Garcia Jr., 40, in an amended criminal complaint filed July 5 in Superior Court, more than a week after his father, Joe Garcia Sr., died from injuries, according to the Lompoc Police Department on June 23, although officials did not provide the exact day he died. 

Joe Garcia Jr. was initially charged June 14 with attempted murder, mayhem and four enhancements, including causing great bodily injury. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

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