By City News Serive
Two men accused of stealing a roof panel from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker and his friend died in a fiery Nov. 30 crash pleaded not guilty Friday.
Anthony Edward Janow, 25, and Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, were scheduled to return to court Feb. 25, when a date is expected to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for the men to stand trial.
They are each charged with a felony count of grand theft of personal property for allegedly stealing the part as the wreckage was being towed away from the Valencia crash site.
The two are also charged with two misdemeanor counts each of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
Witty later posted an apology on Instagram. Witty's post read, "Paul was a childhood idol to me and many. At the time, I was not thinking about the consequences it could have, I never wanted it to be like this I wasn't going to sell the piece to make a profit."
The roof panel was taken when a tow truck carrying the wreckage was stopped at a red light in Valencia, officials said. The stolen panel was recovered by detectives who served a search warrant at a home in Canyon Country.
If convicted as charged, the two could each face a maximum of 4 1/2 years in county jail, according to the District Attorney's Office.