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The 5 suspects who stole two of Lady Gaga’s prized French bulldogs and shot her dogwalker pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.
The liberal judge, Victoria Wilson, ordered no photographs of the five suspects in court to shield their identities.
Three of the suspects — James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery, according to the LAPD.
Two other suspects — Harold White, the 40-year-old father of Jaylin White, and his girlfriend Jennifer McBride, 50, were charged with being accessories after the fact.
McBride was released on bail and ordered to remain on house arrest with an ankle monitor after her lawyer argued that she is a diabetic and did not have her insulin with her.
Jackson was held on $3 million bail, according to Dailymail.com. The others are being held without bail.
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All five are charged with armed robbery and the theft of pop singer Lady Gaga’s dogs on Feb. 24.
Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, told Entertainment Tonight: “That’s fabulous news. I hope the L.A. prosecutor doesn’t let them go.
“It’s taken a while and I’m proud of the police department out there for sticking with it. As I said, I just hope that the DA doesn’t let them go now. I’m going to give my daughter a call. I’m sure she’ll be happy.”
Gaga’s dogs were returned to her 2 days after the incident when she offered a $500,000 reward for their safe return. Jennifer McBride contacted Gaga’s people via email and claimed she found the dogs in an alley.
However, police reviewed surveillance video of the woman dropping the dogs off car the location where she claimed she found them. McBride turned the dogs over to the Los Angeles Police about 7 miles from where they were taken at gunpoint.
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Gaga did not pay out the $500,000 reward because detectives were suspicious that McBride might be linked to the dognappers.
McBride is charged as an alleged accessory after the fact, as well as on one count of receiving stolen property.
According to Los Angeles Police Department officials, Harold White was also charged as an accessory after the fact and with a count of possession of a firearm, while James Jackson, Jaylin White and Lafayette Whaley have been have each been charged with one count of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.
Jackson also faces two further firearm charges, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and a felon carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, and White faces a count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
Detectives don’t believe the suspects – who are all Los Angeles gang members – targeted Gaga’s dogwalker Ryan Fischer. They believe greed and the high value of the dogs were the motivating factors.
Ryan was shot when he was walking Gaga’s three dogs – Miss Asia, Koji, and Gustavo – and during the attack, Miss Asia ran away from the scene while Koji and Gustavo were captured by the robbers.
Miss Asia was later recovered and returned the same day, before Koji and Gustavo were found two days after the shooting.