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Duo accused in Stevie Wonder trial

Two people charged with extorting singer Stevie Wonder have pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court.

District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says Alpha L Walker and Tamara Diaz entered the pleas on Thursday and will return to court in the future for a pre-trial hearing.

Walker is Stevie's cousin and is accused of trying to extort the Grammy-winning musician over a video that portrays the star negatively. Walker and Diaz, his girlfriend, were arrested in May after receiving 10,000 US dollars (£6,373) from Stevie's attorney in a police sting.

Walker's attorney says his client simply made a movie about his life and his actions are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.

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